People going to their village homes to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr festival with their near and dear ones are facing hazardous journey as most of the highways has remained in a bad shape.
Most of the highways of the country have virtually turned into a death trap as they have been seriously damaged at different points due to the last few days of heavy rain.
Although the highways are yet to witness a huge rush of home-bound people, they started getting clogged with inter-district buses ahead of Eid which is only five days away.
Severe traffic congestion and road accidents are feared on different highways when home-bound people in their thousands will start leaving the capital city for home.
Like the last few years, home-bound people are suffering a lot due to severe traffic congestion on highways due to their dilapidated condition caused by heavy rain.
Sources said Dhaka-Tangali highway developed cracks and potholes at various points due to rain. Repair work of the highway has started but it is yet to be completed.
Vehicles of more than 30 districts under Dhaka, Rajshahi, Rangpur and Khulna divisions run on the highway.
The condition of the highway lies in a bad shape from Bangabadhu Bridge to Rabna bypass under Tangail sadar uapzila.The condition of Dhaka-Chittagong Highway has also worsened the highway developed potholes at various points, especially in Sitakunda area due to last few days of heavy rain.
Transport owners are also worried over the dilapidated roads. “If a bus does not come in time it will not be possible for us to continue bus service for Eid passengers,” a transport owner said.
A Highway Police official said they have made special arrangements on the country’s major highways — Dhaka-Chittagong, Dhaka-Sylhet, Dhaka-Mymensingh, Dhaka-Tangail and Dhaka-Faridpur.
“We have installed watch towers and IP (internet protocol) cameras at key points and conducting special patrol to ensure smooth traffic on the highways ahead of Eid festival,” he said.
Special focus will be on intersections like Chandra, Kanchpur, Mograpara, Daudkandi, Mawna, Amin Bazar, Savar, Nabinagar, Goalondo, Gazipur Chandana Chowrasta, Comilla Cantonment, Paduar Bazar and Bhulta to avert traffic congestion, said a highway police official.
“We have also suspended leave of our officials for the sake of traffic monitoring,” he added.
Besides, police will strictly enforce traffic regulation in coordination with the district police, community police and transport owners and workers’ associations, the official said.
“Combined efforts to ensure smooth traffic on the highways will begin on Friday as rush of home-goers mainly will start leaving the capital for home on the day,” he added.
DIG of Highway Police Mallick Faqrul Islam said that they have taken all necessary measures to prevent road accidents and ensure hassle-free journey of home-bound people.