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Traffic influx in public transport hubs as holidaymakers return

  • Published at 10:03 pm June 8th, 2019
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Holidaymakers returning Dhaka Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Transport staff said, holidaymakers started returning from Friday morning, and it is expected that traffic would have increased after 8pm on Saturday, and Sunday morning

As holidaymakers began returning to Dhaka after celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr in their hometowns, public transport hubs in the capital city are seeing a huge influx of traffic.

Visiting several spots in the city, the Dhaka Tribune found moderate traffic at the hubs in the morning, but it rose sharply later in the day.

Transport staff said, holidaymakers started returning from Friday morning, and it is expected that traffic would have increased after 8pm on Saturday, and Sunday morning. 

Among the three public transport options, waterways seemed to be busier during the day.

Abul Kalam, manager of a Shyamoli bus counter in Sayedabad bus terminal said, he had witnessed huge traffic in Chittagong since noon as the passengers were trying to reach Dhaka before the rush-hour. 

According to Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) data, over eight million people had left Dhaka by trains, buses, and launches till Tuesday to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr—one of the biggest religious festivals for Muslims— Eid was celebrated across the country on Wednesday.

Jahirul Haque, a private service holder, who returned to Dhaka on Saturday morning by a launch from Bhola, said he came back early so that he could have a day’s rest before commencing work today. 

Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, Abdur Rashid, a relative of a passenger returning to the capital from Khulna by train, claimed that the Dhaka-bound Sundarban Express had been running late by two hours. 

Kamalapur Railway Station Master (acting) Sitangshu Chakrabarty said, the number of returning passengers had increased. "However, there isn't a big rush of Dhaka-bound people to the extent we had assumed before, and the trains are running mostly on time."

Meanwhile, the Dhaka Tribune's correspondents in Madaripur and Manikganj informed that there was a huge rush of vehicles in Shimulia-Kathalbari, and Paturia-Daulatdia routes. 

Abdus Salam Miah, manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at Kathalbari point, said: "Generally, 18 ferries are operating on the route to transport people. But since Friday, three more ferries began operating in order to meet the huge demand for transport."

The traffic inspector of the Kathalbari launch terminal said, there was a huge influx of Dhaka-bound passengers on Saturday, all launches were operating there with discipline, and they ensured that no vehicles were charging extra money for the journey.