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Bus operators expect hassle-free Eid travels

  • Published at 12:09 am June 1st, 2019
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Holidaymakers wait for buses at Dhaka's Gabtoli bus terminal on Friday, May 31, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Bus owners and private bus operator services said their buses reached their destinations on time without facing any kind of traffic jams on Friday, and some bus seats were even empty.

People visiting their home districts for the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr holidays will most likely reach their village homes without severe traffic jam hassles they have routinely suffered in previous years.

Bus owners and private bus operator services said their buses reached their destinations on time without facing any kind of traffic jams on Friday, and some bus seats were even empty.

According to Romesh Chandra Ghosh, proprietor of Shyamoli Paribahan, road accidents are expected to decrease by around 50% this year as most holiday makers left Dhaka early.

He said: "Drivers will run buses more safely as there is no rush on the streets due to the low number of passengers. Additionally, passengers will not face much traffic jams due to the recently inaugurated Meghna and Gumti bridges, and the Chandra flyover."

Romesh says around 200 buses will operate on the streets during the holidays, adding that this year there will be no scheduled breaks for buses.

Faruk Talukder Shohel, managing director of Shohagh Paribahan, said: “There is no rush on the roads. This year we will see less congestion than previous years and there will be fewer road accidents.”

According to passenger safety experts, during Eid, buses make five times the number of trips they usually do, often resulting in an increased number of road accidents.

Faruk also said some of their buses reached Chittagong in five or five and a half hours after leaving from Dhaka.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said there is no congestion on the roads and people’s journeys this Eid will be smoother thanin  past years.

Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, said this while visiting Dhaka's Gabtoli bus terminal to inspect the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority’s (BRTA's) mobile court on Friday morning.

The minister also said his ministry is monitoring ferry gates so people can easily cross the Padma river without hassle.

Quader said: “There has been no news of extra fares being charged, or any extortion. Mobile courts and law enforcement agencies are alert to prevent such practices.”

He added that as many as 1,100 BRTC buses have been readied to run special Eid  services, while 50 buses are being kept on standby for emergency use. 

The minister asked drivers to drive carefully and also urged bus company owners to appoint skilled drivers and provide them with free counseling to deal with difficult situations on their trips.

BRTA Chairman Mosihur Rahman said they had appointed 300 volunteers along the Airport–Gazipur road to prevent traffic jams.

About three million people leave Dhaka by road to celebrate Eid in their home districts every year, straining public transport during the holidays.