While visiting Kamalapur station, it was found that many passengers were waiting at the station for hours as their trains had not come to the platform on time
Hundreds of homebound passengers suffered for the third consecutive day on Sunday as several trains still lagged behind schedule.
The passengers said unlike previous years, Bangladesh Railway has managed to minimize the gap between the actual departure time and the scheduled time, as almost all the train this year left Kamalapur Railway Station close to the scheduled time.
While visiting Kamalapur station, it was found that many passengers were waiting at the station for hours as their trains had not come to the platform on time.
Rashedul Islam, who came to the station to see off his cousin travelling to their home in Sylhet, said this Eid would have been much more enjoyable if normalcy returns or the delay comes into a tolerable state.
Especially, some of the trains departing for Southern and Northern parts of the country are creating more woeful situation for the passengers, he added.
While talking to Dhaka Tribune, one of the passengers of Nilsagar Express, madarasa teacher Mamunur Rahman said, he came to the station at 7:30am as his train was scheduled to depart at 8am.
"But, there is no sign of the train although it was 12pm. The train might have been delayed for some reason, the authorities should inform the passengers over SMS about it. At least our sufferings would be lessened” he added.
Dhaka University's student Shovon, one of the passengers of the same train, said one can tolerate a maximum of an hour’s delay. "How could he/she tolerate some five hours?" he asked.
According to Bangladesh Railway, some 52 trains including 37 inter-district trains departed from Dhaka yesterday.
Although, seven trains were delayed on Saturday, the number came down to four yesterday. The Rangpur Express which was delayed on Saturday, left Dhaka on time yesterday.
The Sunderban Express was delayed for about two hours, while the Dhumketu Express was late by around 5 hours, and Rajshahi Express had a delay of about two hours.
Meanwhile, some of the relatives who came with the passengers expressed fear over the delaying of the trains leaving for Sylhet.
Dhaka-Sylhet rail link remains suspended for 5hrs
Earlier in the morning, the train communication with Sylhet snapped for about five hours due to a train derailment in Hobiganj.
When contacted, Kamalapur Station Master Aminul Haque said, the situation has improved, and most of the trains left Dhaka on time.
However, the high ups from the government hinted that the train schedules might not remain okay before the Eid day.
Some of the trains, either for technical reasons or any other reason, entered Kamalapur Railway Station late, and eventually left the station late as well. "But we are doing our best to lessen passengers' suffering," said the station manager.
Meanwhile, during his visit to Kamalapur Railway station, Liberation War Minister AKM Mozammel Haque said, only three trains were delayed on Saturday and the rest maintained the schedule.
The minister said the government is prioritizing the sector, and has increased allocation for it as well.