City dwellers on Wednesday continued to leave the capital in their thousands to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with their near and dear ones at their respective village homes.
The mass exodus of the homebound people began in the morning as Wednesday was a holiday for Lailatul Qadr and many employees working in both government and private offices took an optional leave for Thursday.
Around 12-15 lakh people were expected to leave the capital till midnight, said Deputy Commissioner (Media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Masudur Rahman.
He also said a total 70-80 lakh city dwellers are expected to leave Dhaka for their respective village homes to celebrate the festival with their families and relatives. “Some 10 lakh people left the city by Tuesday night,” he said.
Eid-ul-fitr, the largest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated in the country either on June 16 or June 17 depending on sighting of the Shawwal moon.
The mass exodus of eid holidaymakers started on Wednesday and it will continue till Friday, the DC media said.
Ashis Kumar Dey, general secretary of the National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways, said around 3 lakh people were expected to leave the city by trains, around 6 lakh by buses and other vehicles, while around 3.6 lakh by launch on Wednesday.
Sources at the Kamalapur Railway Station said some 30 trains left the platform for various destinations till 3pm today. Of them, two were delayed to some extent while the rest left Dhaka timely.
Visiting the station, Railways Minister Mazibul Hoque said the government is putting in its best efforts to provide the best services to passengers.
He also said the government has cancelled the leave of railway staff to make homebound passengers’ Eid journey smoother.
Employees of different transport companies at Gabtoli bus stand and Sayedabad bus stand said there was huge rush of passengers at the terminals on Wednesday.