It takes several hours to travel a short distance, passengers say
Thousands of Eid-ul-Azha holidaymakers have been stuck on the Dhaka-Aricha highway due to a 22km-long tailback from Savar to Manikganj.
It takes several hours to pass a distance which would otherwise take 10-20 minutes to traverse, causing untold suffering to homebound people.
Monday afternoon saw a spike in traffic as most garment factories located in Savar were closed for Eid.
Buses started to pick up passengers in the middle of the highway, worsening the situation.
The traffic increased after 8pm.
Swajan Paribahan’s bus driver, Jabbar, said he left Gabtali bus stand for Paturia on Tuesday morning.
“We spent three hours traversing a distance that normally takes 20 minutes to travel,” he said.
Passenger Niamat Ullah, of Hanif Paribahan, said they got in the bus at Gabtoli at 6am and soon became stuck in Savar.
“I could not cross half an hour distance for over three hours.”
Savar traffic police Inspector Abul Hossain said the gridlock was created at several points of the highway due to a huge number of vehicles on the road.
He said the situation will improve in a few hours.
Dhamrai police station’s Officer-in-Charge Rezaul Haque said they are working to reduce the congestion.
“It will be under control within a couple of hours,” he said.