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Eid rush: Train departures still delayed

  • Published at 09:08 pm June 1st, 2019
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Passengers waiting for train at the Kamalapur Railway Station Syed Zakir Hossain

At least seven intercity trains out of 33 missed their schedule till 5pm yesterday, according to the time table at Kamalapur Railway Station

Homebound people leaving Dhaka to celebrate Eid with their dear ones by train, faced delays yet again as several trains still lagged behind schedule.

At least seven intercity trains out of 33 missed their schedule till 5pm yesterday, according to the time table at Kamalapur Railway Station.

Although major intercity trains were on time, the Chilahati-bound Nilshagor Express was delayed around 3 hours yesterday. The train was scheduled to depart at 8am, but it left the station around 10:50am.

The Chapainawabganj-bound Rajshahi Express was scheduled to leave the station at 12:20pm but left around 2:45pm, while Rajshahi-bound Silk City departed at 5:10pm around three and a half hours late.

Chittagong-bound Mohanagar Provati Express was scheduled to leave at 7:45 am, but left the station at 8am. 

The Khulna-bound Sundarban Express was scheduled for departure at 6:20am, but it left at 8:20am. The Rangpur Express was scheduled for 9am, but left the station at 9:40am. 

A special train was arranged when the Rangpur Express could not reach the station on time. The Upokul Express also departed around 20 minutes late.

Talking to Dhaka Tribune, many passengers expressed anger over the breakdown of the train schedule. Anisul Islam, a Nilsagor Express passenger said: “My family members and I, including a child and women, are waiting. My mother is feeling very sick. Why are the authorities giving us such a hard time?

Contacted, Kamalapur Railway Station Manager Aminul Haque said: "We are committed to serving passengers with all out effort. But during Eid, all the people want to go home, so trains have to stop at all stations and have to wait a bit more than they normally do."

So, some trains were running late, he added. “A total of 52 trains will depart from the station today (Saturday).” he said.

The railway authority sold tickets in advance for Eid travel by train, which began on Friday. The railways minister apologised to passengers for delays in the departure of several trains on Friday, and promised it would not happen from Saturday onwards.