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Bus, train running behind schedule

  • Published at 01:50 am August 18th, 2019
Eid holiday-Syed Zakir Hossain
Thousands return to Dhaka as the Eid holiday comes to an end Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Negligence, mismanagement, and indiscipline in maintaining the time are learnt to be the reasons behind the delay, bus staff said

Some capital bound buses, and trains from northern and southern districts are running behind schedule.

Negligence, mismanagement, and indiscipline in maintaining the time are learnt to be the reasons behind the delay, bus staff said.

Buses coming to Dhaka from northern districts like Rangpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, and those from southern districts like Satkhira, Patuakhali, Jessore are delayed due to ferry availability at Aricha Ghat. 

A bus of Shah Fateh Ali Travels which started from Rangpur at 9pm on Friday, reached Dhaka at 11 am on Saturday. It took 14 hours to reach Dhaka.

The bus which normally takes 7 to 8 hours, was delayed by five hours.

Bus supervisor Arif, said: “Negligence is the reason behind the delay. There is a lot of mismanagement, and indiscipline. We saw very few traffic police on the roads to resolve the traffic congestion.”

“Bus drivers pick passengers according to their whims by blocking the road, and causing the delay. There was traffic congestion on the Bangabandhu Bridge.” he said.   

Raju Mia, a diver of Orin Travels said, “The bus started for Dhaka from Gaibandha on scheduled time, but went out of order in the middle of the journey. They could not find anyone to take action or provide any alternative measure, as such the bus took double the time to reach its destination.”

Amzad Hossain, a passenger of Eagle Paribahan said he started from Jessore at 12pm on Friday, and reached Dhaka at 11pm on Saturday. It needs a maximum 6 hours to cover the distance but it took 12 hours. The delay was at Aricha ferry ghat in crossing the Padma River.

On the other hand short distance buses maintained the time schedule, and reached the destinations on time. 

The journey from Chittagong, Sylhet, Habiganj, Narsingdi, and Comilla was smooth.   

Salauddin, bus supervisor of Joy Travels said, “Road is clear. There is no traffic congestion. It took only five hours to reach Dhaka from Chittagong. We reached in due time.” 

A Bus of Apshora Paribahan left Habiganj at 8:30am on Saturday, and reached Dhaka at 12:30pm on scheduled time. It took four hours. 

Rahman, a passenger of the bus said “The bus reached on time, there was no traffic jam, nor any problem on the road.” 

Trains

Some trains were running behind schedule. 

The Nilsagar Express which was scheduled to reach Dhaka from Chilahati at 07:10am, reached at 1:15pm, delaying by five hours. 

Passenger of the train Md Selim said: “The train started two hours late. The journey was delayed due to slow driving, and stoppage at several points.”

The train was scheduled to start from Chilahati at 09:20pm.

Rangpur Express was scheduled to reach Kamalapur at 6.05am, but it did not arrive even at 2:20pm.

Sylhet-bound Jayantika Express which was scheduled to reach at 12am after leaving the capital, did not reach the station till 2:20pm. 

The train Lalmoni Eid special also failed to maintain schedule.

Stationmaster Shakhaowat Hossain Khan said: “There is a huge failure in maintaining the train schedule this Eid,” but he denied commenting on reasons.