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Home-goers in mad rush

  • Special Correspondent
  • 29 April, 2022 12:00 AM
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Eid holidaymakers made a mad rush to their village homes and other destinations on Thursday to celebrate the Islamic religious festival with the near and dear ones as the government holidays started today.

They were found thronging bus and rail stations and launch terminals in the capital to reach their destinations.

The home-goers in large numbers were seen leaving the capital by bus, launch and train on Thursday afternoon for their ancestral homes.

The trains leaving Dhaka were full to the brim as standing passengers crammed into every empty corner in the mad rush to their homes ahead of the holy Eid-ul-Fitr.

During a visit to Kamalapur Rail Station, this correspondent found that trains were overflowing with passengers.

Passengers said that they were going home standing because they didn’t get tickets.

Those who managed seats said crowds of passengers would grow larger as the train picked up more passengers from the next stations.

They said they had found it hard securing their tickets, and the overcrowded trains were only adding to their sufferings.

Over 15 trains full to the brim with passengers left Dhaka by 10:45am on Thursday.

According to the station authorities, the rush of passengers will increase with the day in progress.

People were ignoring announcements by the authorities not to travel without a ticket or on the roof.

The rush of home-bound travelers and vehicles is growing at Paturia ferry terminal in Manikganj ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Mohiuddin Russell, manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC), Paturia office, said the pressure from small vehicles was particularly high at the pier in Shibalaya upazila.

As many as 20 ferries are transporting vehicles across the Padma River, he added.

However, smaller vehicles were more prevalent in the area.

A two-km tailback stretching from the pier's main road to Nali Bazar was formed in the morning.

The traffic mainly consisted of private cars and trucks carrying emergency goods.

Hundreds of Eid holidaymakers waited to make the crossing in the sweltering heat.

Many of them came by bus while others brought their cars. But all of them were stranded in the snarl-up at the pier.

'Rahim', a driver of a Magura-bound car, said he got stuck in traffic for about an hour.

SI Mostafizur Rahman, who is in charge of ferry terminal No 5, said, “There is no traffic jam near the pier. There are a few small cars but we can't call it a traffic jam."

Despite all preparations to ensure services for passengers on the occasion of Eid, rush of passengers did not start at Sadarghat.

Owners say special Eid services will be launched once passenger pressure begins. Mamunar Rashid, director of Bangladesh Inland Navigation (Passenger Transport), said additional launches have been prepared for various waterways.

Owners will operate special launches if necessary under passenger pressure. However, whether there will be a special Eid service on Thursday or not will depend on the pressure of passengers.

Visiting Sadarghat at 3:15pm, it was seen that most of the launches had very few passengers in the third class or deck.