Dhaka – Hundreds of thousands of people left the capital Dhaka and other Bangladeshi cities for their ancestral homes to celebrate one of the Muslims’ major religious festivals braving immense suffering on their ways.
Crowded with holidaymakers, buses on different routes, especially from Dhaka, runs delayed thanks to long tailbacks on the highways and national roads. Trains run long behind their schedule and the passenger carriers on waterways were seen overcrowded.
“We needed nearly 18 hours to reach Pabna from Dhaka by a private vehicle as the highway speed was very slow,” said Tariqul Alam Sadhin, one of the holidaymakers told newsnextbd.com.
Bangladesh will celebrate the Eid-al-Adha, the second largest religious festival of the Muslims, on August 12. People travel to their homes to celebrate the festival, also called the festival of sacrifice, along with their near and dear ones.
North-bound passengers stuck because of more than 40 kilometers of tailback on Dhaka-Tangail highway. The authorities suspended the toll collection as a huge number of vehicles got stuck at the west end of the Jamuna Bridge. The angry passengers vandalized two vehicles near Tangail in the morning.
South-bound passengers stranded for hours on two ferry-ghats at Maowa and Paturia as hundreds of vehicles have been waiting to cross the River Padma.
Most of the trains ply delayed after their schedule collapsed keeping hundreds of people waiting at the Kamalapur Railway station in Dhaka. The authorities have been forced to announce new timing for some of the trains.
But a senior minister of the government said that he was apparently happy with the situation as according to him vehicles were moving slowly without any tailback.
Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said the highway faced pressure of vehicles on Thursday because of inclement weather and transportation of cattle from different parts of the country.
He said people are leaving Dhaka comfortably but vehicles are facing problem a little while entering the capital.