Many passengers have been waiting in the station for hours
Around three trains have reportedly lagged behind schedule as hundreds of homegoers thronged in Kamalapur Railway Station to get on their way home to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with their loved ones.
A huge rush of holidaymakers was noticed at the train station on Monday.
According to the information centre of the Bangladesh Scouts for Dhaka district railway, the Mymensingh-bound Isha Khan Express was set to depart from Dhaka station around 11:30am but has yet to leave the station as of 2:10pm, while the Chapainawabganj-bound Rajshahi Express, which was supposed to leave around 12:30pm, later left at 3:30pm.
However, the Chittagong-bound Chattala Express, which was supposed to leave around 1pm, has finally departed from the station after a delay of around 50 minutes.
Meanwhile, the station’s digital display board presenting departure time showed that Rajshahi-bound Silk City Express train, which was supposed to leave around 4:30pm, would be half an hour behind schedule.
Kamalapur railway station Manager Md Aminul Hoque told reporters around 12pm that, as of 10:30am, around 22 trains have left the station, and among them three were delayed.
The setbacks are as follows: Rangpur-bound Rangpur Express was an hour and 40 minutes late; Nilphamari-bound Nilsagar Express, which was supposed to leave Dhaka around 8am was delayed for five hours; while Lalmonirhat-bound Lalmoni Special left Dhaka around 12pm, although it was supposed to depart at 9:15am.
Responding to queries about the reasons behind the delay, Aminul said the delay in the schedule was caused by the huge onrush of home-bound passengers at the stations, and it usually takes people a long time to get onboard and off of trains at their respective train stations.
He further said a total of 56 trains, including four Eid specials, are set to leave from Dhaka for the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday.