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Cycle Rikshaw

Cycle Rikshaw
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Copyright: Aamer Atozai (kheshkiwaal) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 10 W: 2 N: 71] (909)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-20
Categories: Daily Life
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-07-16 21:46
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One of the first things that attract the attention of a foreigner here is the colourfully decorated cycle rickshaws, the lifeline of the common man, on which about 10 percent of the 140 million-plus population of Bangladesh depends for transport.

Rickshaws were introduced in Dhaka some 70 years ago, and today millions of commuters in this country rely on them for their daily transportation.

According to a rough estimate - senior citizens say there are so many rickshaws that even the government offices cannot provide exact figures - there are between two to four million cycle rickshaws in Bangladesh.

In Dhaka city alone there must be approximately one million.

However, they are far more attractive. The owners painstakingly decorate their rickshaws with paint, colourful plastic cutouts, small toys or even draw pictures on the hood and any visible surface.

They also provide the cheapest mode of transport for short distances, and the fare is always negotiable. You just have to pay taka 8-10 to travel one kilometre.

That these rickshaws hold a special place in the hearts of Bangladeshis is obvious. One such tastefully decorated brand new rickshaw is kept on an illuminated pedestal in the main lobby of Dhaka Sheraton.

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