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Eid holidaymakers start leaving Dhaka

  • Published at 12:10 am May 31st, 2019
File photo of homebound people purchasing tickets at a bus terminal in Dhaka ahead of the Eid holidays Dhaka Tribune

Kamalapur Railway Station, three major bus terminals and Sadarghat ferry terminal witness mad rushes since afternoon

City dwellers, especially the family members of both government and private job holders, started leaving the capital on Thursday morning to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with their near and dear ones in their respective villages.

Though the official holiday will begin on Tuesday next, many employees and officials of government, semi-government and private offices have chosen to send their families a bit early taking leave for Monday to avoid the mad rush of people just ahead of Eid, reports UNB.

Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Muslims, will be celebrated in the country either on June 5 or e 6 subject to the sighting of the Shawwal moon.

According to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), around 5 to 6 million people are expected to leave the city to enjoy Eid at their village homes. They will travel by train, bus and launch until Sunday to reach their destinations.

“Though there is no statistic or actual figure, we assume around 5 to 6 million holidaymakers are likely to leave the city for their village homes,” DMP Deputy Commissioner (Media) Masudur Rahman said.

He said they have taken various steps to ensure a safe and hassle-free journey of the travelers on the occasion of Eid. 

Kamalapur Railway Station, three major bus terminals and Sadarghat ferry terminal witness mad rushes since afternoon with the home-goers waiting for their transports to reach their desired destinations.

Highway police sources said the Eid holidaymakers will suffer less on the national highways this time if the weather remains favourable as they will get three holidays before Eid. Similarly, they expected hassle-free journeys on rail and river routes.

The sources said the homebound people are likely to face very thin gridlock on the Dhaka-Chittagong and Sylhet highways as the three newly constructed bridges-Kanchpur, Meghna and Gumti- were opened to traffic.

However, they said the northern region and Khulna-bound passengers may experience tailbacks due to sudden rush of holidaymakers.

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