Up to Fifteen Thousand Lie in Dhaka’s Abandoned Rickshaw Graveyard

Rickshaw Graveyard in Bangladesh (Image: Bayadzid Akter via Demotix)

Occupying a green space within suburban Dhaka, this overgrown graveyard of abandoned, unwanted rickshaws is a sign of the changing times in Bangladesh’s capital. The traditional pedal-powered taxis have been a common sight on the streets of South Asia for generations, but with increased competition from Indian-built battery powered tuk-tuks and stricter safety laws governing Dhaka’s chaotic streets, up to 15,000 rickshaws have been dumped on this patch of land in the Mirpur area.

Some of these vehicles were abandoned by their owners, while others were seized by police officers from drivers, some reportedly as young as 12, who failed to provide the proper operating permits. For years rickshaws have offered a meagre income for Bangladesh’s poor. But though the pedal-powered taxis have often outnumber cars in many of the country’s cities, it appears that they’re now approaching the end of an era.

rickshaw-driver-bangladesh (Image: Steve Evans, cc-4.0)

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