Hundreds of holidaymakers are returning to Dhaka after enjoying the Eid holidays with their near and dear ones in their villages.
Many holidaymakers returned to the city on Monday and Tuesday as offices, courts and businesses reopened on Tuesday after the Eid break.
On the fourth day of the Eid festival, work and businesses returned to their regular operations though the city streets did not see any additional pressure of public transports.
Office goers suffered due to lack of public transports in the city on Wednesday. Some are taking alternative ways to reach their destination after failing to get public transports.
Visiting the Kamalapur Railway Station, Sadarghat Launch Terminal and Mohakhali and Gabtoli and Saidabad Bus Terminals, it was seen that trains, buses and launches have returned to Dhaka with full of passengers.
Transport workers said the pressure of passengers on roads, railways and waterways will continue to increase gradually until Thursday and Friday.
Vehicle movement increased on several roads, including in the Moghbazar, Hatirjheel, and Malibagh areas, but there were no reports of heavy traffic congestion. The number of public transports in the capital is less as large number of workers and ordinary people have not returned to the city yet.
During visits to Gabtoli, Mohakhali and Sayedabad bus terminals in the capital on Wednesday, long-distance transports were seen to have started entering Dhaka from early morning.
Passengers said that although there was some traffic jam on the ferry, they did not have to face any traffic congestions on the highways.
Transport workers at Gabtoli, Mohakhali and Sayedabad bus terminals said all the Dhaka-bound buses were in full capacity.
Rakibul Hasan, a Dhaka University (DU) student, said he had to return to Dhaka early to prepare for the exam.
“I was able to reach Dhaka quickly as there was not much traffic on the highway.”
The trains returning to the capital since Wednesday morning were full of passengers. However, the instances of passengers piling on the roofs were not seen this time. Many have returned to Dhaka with their families.
Kamalapur Station Master Mohammad Afshar Uddin said that the number of passengers travelling from Dhaka was lower than the number of passengers arriving in Dhaka.
He said on Friday (July 15) and Saturday (July 16), the trains will see the highest number of Dhaka-bound passengers. A total of 41 pairs of trains will operate on Wednesday, he informed.
The pressure of passengers on waterways has decreased than before. Many are returning to Dhaka by road as the Padma Bridge has opened to traffic.
Though shops are now open in alleys and sidewalks in the city, sale is still lower than normal. However, most of the markets and shopping malls are still closed.
Besides, many people went abroad during to enjoy the Eid holidays. Many people are also visiting different tourist spots including Cox’s Bazar, Bandarban, Rangamati, Khagrachari during the Eid holidays.
Eid-ul-Azha, one of the biggest religious festivals of Muslim, was celebrated in the country on Sunday. The Eid holidays ended on Monday.