Long tailback on highways as people return to capital

Staff Correspondent

5 August, 2020 12:00 AM printer

People in large numbers have started returning to the capital after celebrating the Eid ul-Azha with their near and dear ones at home.

A long tailback has been created at the two major ferry ghats “Kathalbari-Shimulia” and Daulatdea-Paturia” on Tuesday due to the arrival of a huge number of Dhaka-bound vehicles causing sufferings to the commuters.

Risking their lives, many people are crossing the mighty river Padma by speedboats and launches as there is heavy wave.

Ignoring the social distancing and health guidelines, people are crossing the river in a crowded environment. 

Several hundred motor vehicles, mostly passenger buses, private cars, microbuses and motorbikes got stranded at Kathabari ghat for crossing the river.

Simultaneously, a huge number of vehicles are reportedly waiting at Shimulia side for crossing the river. BIWTA, Shimulia ghat AGM Shariful Islam said due to strong current, only seven ferries out of 17 are now operating on this channel. The strong current is severely disrupting the ferry movement, he added.

This channel has been facing such problem for more than three weeks.

At the same time, thousands of people were also seen coming to Dhaka from Savar, Manikganj, Barishal, Mymensingh, Gazipur and many other parts of the country. They were travelling in flocks, ignoring the guidelines of physical distancing.

Mostly low-income people—many of whom identified themselves as garment workers—swarmed across the Dhaka-Aricha and Nabinagar-Chandra highways.