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Last rush to capital

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 17 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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Thousands of people returned to the capital from their native homes across the country on Saturday in a last-minute rush to join offices after the Eid-ul-Azha holiday.

As the Eid holiday was over, many will join offices today. So, crowds of Dhaka-bound people was seen in launch ghats, train and bus stations all the day.

Long-distance buses were entering Dhaka without sufferings of their passengers as there was no traffic jam on any road.

While visiting Gabtoli, Mohakhali and Sayedabad bus terminals on Saturday morning, the correspondent found that long-haul vehicles were entering Dhaka since dawn. The buses leaving from various destinations on Friday night reached Dhaka within the scheduled time.

Passengers said they did not have to suffer from any traffic jam on any road.

Maidul Hasan, who came from Dinajpur, said that he works in a private company in the capital. He is returning to Dhaka after a week of Eid vacation.

“Office starts from Sunday, so I have to return today. Apart from Eid, one does not go to the village unless it is very necessary. So, job workers like me have to wait for Eid all year,” he added.

Another person, Shafiqul Islam from Gobindganj in Gaibandha, said, “I work in a private bank. I took extra leave along with the Eid holiday. Friday and Saturday were my weekend, the bank was open from Sunday. After a little rest today, I will join work from tomorrow.”

Talking to the people related to bus counter in Gabtoli, it came to know that passengers of the northern region suffered a lot while going to this year’s Eid, but passengers are returning to the capital without any trouble.

They also said that there was more pressure of people returning to Dhaka on Thursday and Friday after Eid and there will be pressure of people returning to the capital during the day and night on Saturday as well.

Mosharraf Hossain, general manager of Hanif Paribahan, said there was a severe traffic jam while leaving Dhaka this Eid and the schedule was disrupted. But there was not much suffering on the way back. There was some traffic in Elenga area last night, but not today (Saturday). The bus is running. Passengers from different districts of the country are returning to Dhaka smoothly.

The pressure of commuters returning to Dhaka through Daulatdia-Paturia ghat, one of the most important waterways in the 21 districts of the south-western region, has increased on Saturday.

However, passengers and vehicles are crossing the Padma without sufferings. The pressure of private cars and motorcycles was high at the ghat. As the day progressed, the pressure of passengers and vehicles increased.

Some passengers said they left early in the morning to avoid the intense heat and crowds. There is no suffering on the road and ghat this time. Just as they came home well before Eid, now they were returning to Dhaka just as well.

BIWTC Daulatdia Ghat Manager Shihab Uddin said that currently 16 ferries are plying on the Daulatdia-Paturia route. There are nine big Ro-Ro ferries, 6 small utility ferries and one medium sized ferry. Besides, more than 3,000 vehicles have crossed the river using Daulatdia ghat in the last 24 hours.

A few trains reached Kamalapur railway station a little late on Saturday morning.

Government employees were returning to workplaces in Dhaka on Sunday while many private employees will join work on Saturday. So, there was an extra crowd of passengers in every train.

There was not much pressure of Dhaka-bound people in Kamalapur on Thursday. Passenger pressure increased on Friday.

It continued on Saturday as well, but the crowd was slightly less than on Friday, according to passengers and railway officials.

Sadarghat was crowded with people returning to Dhaka after the Eid holiday.

At the end of the overnight trip, the launch from various destinations in the southern region arrived in Dhaka on Saturday morning. Each launch carries more passengers than capacity.

Thousands of people are returning to Dhaka from various destinations in the south. Although the crowd was high, the launch journey was smooth and uneventful. There was no complaint about the additional rent.

As the Padma Bridge opened, many people returned by bus. But at the end of the day, the most comforting vehicle for the people of the south is the launch.

Launch owners are happy as business is good on Eid al-Azha. They said that despite the passenger pressure, they tried to provide maximum service.

BIWTA officials said that 75 launches from different districts of Southern region arrived at the Sadarghat launch terminal from 12:00 am to 8:00 am.