The biggest mass exodus of holidaymakers is expected to begin on Thursday, the last working day before Eid-ul-Fitr
City dwellers have started leaving the capital for their village homes to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with their families, with many choosing trains for their journey out of fear of the traffic nightmare on highways.
The biggest mass exodus of holidaymakers is expected to begin on Thursday, the last working day before Eid-ul-Fitr.
Sources at Kamalapur Railway Station said family members of both government and private service holders started leaving the city Sunday morning in order to evade Thursday's mad rush.
Eid-ul-fitr, the largest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated in the country on either June 16 or 17 depending on the sighting of the Shawwal moon. The government holiday for eid will begin on Friday.
Bangladesh Railway authorities began selling advance train tickets for Eid on June 1, selling tickets for June 10 on the same day.
Tickets for June 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 were sold on June 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 respectively.
Firoza Begum, a resident of Mirpur, said she and her three children were leaving Dhaka for Rajshahi by the 'Silk City' train, with her husband joining them on June 15.
Though the train was around 20 minutes behind schedule, they seemed very happy.
Assistant Manager of Kamalapur Railway Station Nripendra Nath Saha told UNB that 44 trains left the station for various destinations across the country on Monday as of 4:45 pm. "All but Silk City and Jamuna Express left the station on time. These two trains were 20-30 minutes late," he said.
He said many were choosing trains for their journey to avoid the hassle of overcrowded, damaged roads.
Nripendra said the rush of Eid holidaymakers will start on Wednesday, and the pressure of passengers is expected to peak on Thursday and Friday.
He said the train schedule usually collapses during the rush and peak periods of a festival as people waste more time getting into and out of trains at various stations.
The assistant station manager also said the train schedule might collapse from Wednesday when the rush of holidaymakers starts.
Meanwhile, employees of various transport companies at the Gabtoli and Sayedabad bus stands said there was a usual number of passengers at the terminals on Monday, and that the pressure of people would likely increase from Tuesday evening.