Huge crowd at terminals
Published: 12:25 PM, 11 August 2019 Updated: 07:56 PM, 11 August 2019
The holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second-highest religious festival of Muslims will be celebrated across the country tomorrow. So home goers are gathering at bus, launch and train terminals at the last moment. The passengers have been crowded in the terminals since Sunday morning.
Thousands of homebound people are seen waiting at the bus stations of the capital's Gabtali, Saidabad, Mohakhali, Shyamoli, Asadgate bus terminals, Sadarghat launch terminal and Kamalapur, airport railway stations.
Visiting the Gabtali bus terminal our correspondent found a huge gathering of home goers people. According to the concerned, although there was no problem in the last few days, the buses traveling north and south of the country suffered some schedule crash on Saturday. Travelers complain that there was 3 to 4-hour schedule disruption in almost every transport.
Schedule crash reported at Rangpur, Gaibandha, Sirajganj, and Pabna bound each vehicle of North Bengal for one to three hours. However, Hanif Transport General Manager Mosharraf Hossain said the schedule was not a disaster, it was delayed a bit.
Meanwhile, about 45km tailback has been reported from Bangabandhu Bridge to Mirzapur on Dhaka-Tangail highway. The home-bound people of the north and south are humiliated. Long rows of cars have been noticed in various areas including highways, Kortia, Nagarjalfai, Gharinda, Rabna, Bikramati, Rasulpur, Pungli, Elang. No cars were seen moving anywhere.
Bangabandhu Bridge Police Station Officer-in-Charge Mosharraf Hossain said toll collection on the bridge was closed early on Sunday morning due to huge tailback.
Meanwhile, vehicles are crossing through 17 ferries on the Shimulia-Kanthalbari route. Yet there are long rows of vehicles. And there is some pressure at Paturia Ghat but there is not much waiting on the crossing.
Assistant Manager of Trade Division of Paturia Ghat Branch of Bangladesh Inland Shipping Corporation (BIWTC), Mohiuddin Russell, said that although there was increased pressure of transport in Paturia Ghat area from dawn, not much waiting on the crossing.
At Sadarghat, like every time, thousands of people are seen on the roof of the launch. Despite promptitude of the owners of the Bangladesh Shipping Authority (BIWTA) and Law enforcers launch were forced to take extra passengers under pressure, the owners said. The Sadarghat Launch Terminal authorities said they would take action if specific complaints were received.
In order to handle the commuter pressure in the morning, the launches left the terminal before the scheduled time. Lots of passengers and launches at the same time leaving many before the scheduled time has been a bit irresponsible.
Barisal passenger Rabiul Alam says people are more crowded. Everyone wants to go home. The trouble will be a little. The ghat system is good. However, the ghats need to be made even bigger for such people. Then people did not feel like rushing around, getting up and launching so hard.
Thousands of passengers were also seen at Kamlapur railway station to go their respective destination. Many have been seen climbing the rope of the train taking the risk due to schedule disruption.
Meanwhile, numerous buses have gathered at various terminals in the capital to take passengers to different districts outside Dhaka. As a result, traffic around the terminals is slightly higher. Because there is no parking space, buses have to be parked right on the road. From Saidabad to Jatrabari the whole area is now a parking spot. The buses of the Mohakhali terminal have been parked on the road from Tejgaon Link Road. The condition of the road in the vicinity of Gabtali is the same.
In addition, many also going home by air. Many low-income people are going home on trucks.
According to the Bangladesh Traveler Welfare Association, about one crore people are leaving Dhaka to celebrate Eid in different parts of the country.
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