Thursday, 11 August, 2022

Let Eid journey be smooth

Eid-ul-Azha is nearing fast. So, Dhaka residents have started planning to leave the city shortly to celebrate Eid with their near and dear ones at their village homes in different districts. During Eid-ul-Fitr, people's journey was more or less hassle-free. Instead of public bus, many of them choose to travel by motor-bikes due to plying of comparatively small number of buses on highways.  However, a good number of fatal accidents took place due to rash driving of bikers. Keeping the accident issue in the forefront, the BRTA authorities proposed for a ban on plying of motor-bikes on national highways. A government decision to this effect still remains pending.

How will Eid journey be this time? It remains a pertinent question. This time, the home-goers might choose to travel by bus if plying of bikes is restricted. Because of commissioning of the Padma Bridge, people of 21 southern districts will prefer travelling by road. As per press reports, bus owners have taken full preparation in this regard. Bus drivers may compete with one another on highways. Bus owners may bring out unfit vehicles on roads to earn more profits. Toll collection by stopping vehicles and parking on roadsides is a normal practice. These are possible hindrances to smooth journey.

As is said, the previous Eid journey was a bit comfortable; people involved with public transport played a relatively responsible role. Focus should be on how much of the previous experience can be used this time too. Constant vigilance during holiday will ensure a safe and hassle-free journey.

Going home during Eid has become part and parcel of Bengali culture. Authorities should do their part in preserving it. They should ban slow moving and unfit vehicles from the highways and remove broken down vehicles from roads. But they should make sure to implement the restrictions on ground. One would hope that the authorities would be more proactive to spare the travelling public the pain of road journey.