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Kamalapur station buzzing with homebound travellers

Eid-ul-Azha is set to be celebrated on June 29

Update : 24 Jun 2023, 11:07 PM

Kamalapur Railway Station in Dhaka is experiencing an increasing number of passengers as city dwellers begin their journeys home in anticipation of the Eid ul-Azha, set to be celebrated on June 29.

Following the shutdown of all educational institutions and associated government and private entities on June 22, people have started heading home since Friday. 

The number of passengers reportedly increased further on Saturday.

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Passengers waiting for delayed trains at Kamalapur Railway Station on Saturday afternoon expressed a collective desire for a peaceful journey home, reminiscent of their experience during the last Eid ul-Fitr.

Businessman Rakibul Hassan, waiting for the train with his family members at Kamalapur Railway Station on Saturday, said that he was able to go home in peace during the last Eid and hopes that there will be no such problems during Eid-ul-Azha travel. 

Another passenger, Sabbir Ahmed, said: "I knew there would be a rush during Eid, so I came prepared. The trains are often late at this time, but this is not anything new.

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“We have to go home for Eid, even if it is difficult. If we go by bus, it costs more, and it takes longer. Besides, you never know when and where traffic jams may occur due to cattle markets. I could not get a ticket online, so even if it is hard, I will wait for the train."

In response to the situation, Kamalapur Railway Station Manager Md Masud Sarwar assured that 25% of standing tickets were being issued at counters to manage the influx of passengers.

“To ensure that those who have booked tickets online do not face any inconvenience while entering the station, we are issuing these tickets from counters one to six,” he said.

“The rush for standing tickets seems to be slightly less. However, it may increase later,” he added.

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