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Dhaka emptying out as Eid-ul-Azha nears

Even some of Dhaka’s busiest roads have been looking desolate since Thursday afternoon

Update : 07 Jul 2022, 11:00 PM

Dhaka started looking deserted on Thursday afternoon as thousands of homebound people left the capital city to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with their families.

Since the Eid holidays start on Saturday and Friday is a weekend, a large number of people left Dhaka on Thursday, the last working day before Eid.

Even the busiest roads and intersections of the capital were almost empty by twilight.

While on duty at Malibagh railway gate, Traffic Sergeant Hasan told Bangla Tribune: “The pressure of homebound people is high while the pressure of vehicles is low. We are trying to keep the situation normal.”

However, crowds of homebound people were seen on the busiest roads of Karwan Bazar, Russell Square, Malibagh and Rampura in the afternoon.

Some faced trouble making their journey due to a shortage of vehicles.

Although the pressure of people increased after the evening, the number of public transports decreased. 

Passengers had to take pick-ups, rickshaws and bikes at higher-than-usual fares, while some left on foot to reach their destination.

A middle-aged man, Abdul Jabbar, said he had to call a rickshaw to go to Sayedabad after being unable to find any long-route vehicle to take him to his village in Comilla.

Mojibur Rahman of Barisal sent his wife and children home by launch two days ago. On Thursday, he took a bus from Sayedabad to Sadarghat. However, he was unable to find any buses afterwards on which he could reach his destination.

He said no vehicles were stopping at the signal there, adding that no one understood the suffering of those making the long and arduous journey home.

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