Last-minute rush of home-goers | 2018-08-21 |

Last-minute rush of home-goers

Md Esaraf Hossain     21 August, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Thousands of people left the capital for their native homes on Monday in a last-minute rush to celebrate the holy Eid-ul-Azha with their relatives tomorrow.

The overpopulated capital virtually looked isolated as majority of its residents have started for their native homes in the last few days.

Despite hassles and tailbacks on highways, homeward people crowded the bus and train stations in the capital to catch their vehicles throughout the day.

Huge crowds of passengers were found at Gabtali, Sayedabad and Mohakhali bus stations, Kamalapur railway station and Sadarghat launch terminal in the afternoon.

As officials and employees got the five days’ holiday, they started for their village homes. They thronged at different bus and launch terminals and railway stations.

With the rush of thousands of homebound people, severe traffic jams were created in and around bus and launch terminals and railway stations and on highways.

Well-off people were found leaving the capital in their own vehicles or by hiring taxicabs and microbuses. Many were also seen leaving the capital by their own motorbikes.

Many passengers, who failed to get tickets for any transport, and others wishing to save some money will travel in public transports involving break of journey.

While visiting Gabtali bus terminal at noon, holidaymakers in a large number were leaving the terminal for their destinations.

Many passengers were seen searching tickets at different bus counters.

Many alleged that tickets were not available at bus counters. Many tickets have already gone to black markets.

A vested quarter having links with transport staff members created an artificial ticket crisis, they alleged.

Taking advantage of the situation, tickets were sold at high prices.

Kamrunnahar, a housewife, alleged that she had to arrange two Magura-bound tickets of AK Travels paribahan from a broker paying additional taka 200 as tickets are not available at counter.

Eid holidaymakers opting to journey by train were suffering immensely as many trains were running hours late on Monday.

Till 1:30pm, at least 28 trains have left Kamalapur Railway Station and of them six were late, said Shitangshu Chakrabarty, manager of the station.

Rajshahi-bound Dhumketu Express was late by 3.15 hours, Jamalpur-bound Dewanganj Eid Special by 20 minutes, Khulna-bound Sundarban Express by 1.55 hours, Nilphamari-bound Nilsagar Express by 3.5 hours and Rangpur-bound Rangpur Express four hours, said Shitangshu Chakrabarty.

Lalmonirhat-bound Lalmoni Eid Special scheduled to leave Kamalapur Railway Station at 9:15am reached the platform at 1:30pm and finally left for its destination around 3:20pm.

Hundreds of passengers were seen waiting at Kamalapur Railway Station for their trains.

The trains that left the station were overcrowded and many passengers were seen travelling on the rooftops.

Meanwhile, long tailbacks on Dhaka-Tangail highway were created on Monday morning, causing sufferings for holidaymakers.

A 20-kilometre tailback was created from Rabna bypass in Tangail Sadar to the east side of Bangabandhu bridge in Bhuapur, witnesses said.

Sajedul Islam, a traffic inspector in Tangail, said the jam was created when a bus and truck collided on the bridge’s link road in Salla around 12:45am.

Though the road was cleared immediately, pressure of vehicles remained on the road and the traffic was very slow, he added.

Vehicles were moving at a snail’s pace and law enforcers were working to control the situation, said Mosharaf Hossain, officer-in-charge of Bangabandhu Bridge East Police Station.