Holidaymakers start returning to capital | 2018-06-19 |

Holidaymakers start returning to capital

Staff Correspondent     19 June, 2018 12:00 AM printer

City dwellers have started returning to the capital after celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr with near and dear ones as workday resumed on Monday.

The mad rush for returning to the capital is expected to begin from today while many people from working class continue to leave the city on the occasion of Eid.

Zillur Rahman, a day labourer who was waiting for a train to go to his native village in Jamalpur, told the daily sun he is beginning the journey home after Eid as he could not manage time before Eid.

Kamalapur Railway Station Manager Sitangshu Chakrabarty said many people are still leaving the capital which is bigger in number than the previous years.

“A section of people who could not manage vacation before Eid left the capital day before yesterday,” he added.

About the return of the city dwellers to the capital, Sitangshu said the mad rush to the city will begin from Tuesday.

Many passengers were seen yesterday entering the capital through Kamalalpur Railway Station, Sadarghat Launch Terminal and different bus terminals.

People reached the capital without facing any hassle as the highways and ferry ghats hardly witness any rush yesterday, according to transport operators and passengers.

However, long tailbacks on the highways may persist in the next three days as the traffic flow will intensify.

Almost all the trains, except local trains, departed the station on time but the trains reached the station making around an hour late.

Shahin Ahmed, a passenger of local train Isha Kha, told the daily sun that he is waiting at the station for three hours but no one knows when the train will depart, even station manager knows nothing about this.

During the visits to Sayedabad, Gabtoli and Mohakhali bus terminals yesterday, people were seen returning to the capital with smiling faces with family members.

Rezaul Karim, a sales executive of Saudia Paribahan, told the daily sun that as the public rush to the capital was little, no gridlock was created on the roads on Monday.

However, launches at Sadarghat Launch Terminal got a comparatively small number of passengers yesterday.

Launch owner Moktar Hossain Bhuiyan told the daily sun the number of passengers was fewer than normal time yesterday. But he expressed the hope that it would increase from Tuesday.

Ferry services at Mawa-Kawarakandi and Paturia-Dauladia routes were smooth and traffic flow was normal, said officials at both the terminals.

M Salam Hossain, manager commercial, told the daily sun that vehicles are not waiting for ferries rather the ferries are waiting for vehicles.

“Measures have been taken so that people don’t  suffer at ferry ghat.” he said.