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Trains fail to stay on schedule, buses on time

  • Published at 10:01 pm June 9th, 2019
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File photo of people seen travelling on a train's roof during Eid rush Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

According to Kamalapur Railway Station officials, four intercity trains missed their timelines

While Dhaka-bound trains have failed to reach the capital on time yesterday, buses have mostly stuck to their schedules.

According to Kamalapur Railway Station officials, four intercity trains missed their timelines.

Rangpur Express, which was supposed to reach the station at 6:50am, ended up reaching Dhaka at 12:30pm. Md Shafiq, a passenger of Rangpur Express, complained that he had missed his first day of office due to the delay.

Dhumketu Express, which departed from Rajshahi, reached Dhaka at 7:20am although it was scheduled to reach Kamalapur Railway Station at 4:50am. Similarly, Nilsagor Express, which was scheduled to arrive in Dhaka at 7:10am after departing Chilahati, reached at 8:50am.

Sundarban Express which started from Khulna, reached Kamalapur at 8:00am. The train was originally scheduled to reach at 5:40am.

Mohammad Aminul Haque, station manager at Kamalapur Railway Station, said: “A lot of passengers are coming back to Dhaka by train, and we are trying our best to serve them. Trains are waiting at stations longer than expected in order to pick up Dhaka-bound people on the way."

All four of the said trains also failed to stay on schedule when they transported passengers to their hometowns before Eid.

Passengers enjoy congestion-free journey on buses

Dhaka-bound passengers reported enjoying a jam-free journey via buses this time, and most said they had reached their destinations on time.

According to passengers and the staff of the buses, roads to Dhaka from Northern districts were almost completely free of congestion yesterday.  

Md Shafiqur Rahman, a passenger coming from Natore said: “We left Natore at 6am and reached Dhaka at 11am. It took only five hours for the journey. There was no jam on the roads.”

Dream Line bus conductor Md Momin said, they left Chittagong at 8am and reached Dhaka at 11am. "We faced very little traffic on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway."

The Dhaka Tribune also found Mawa Ferry Ghat free of congestion. "However, buses in Aricha Ghat faced an hour of jam each,” said a Sakura Paribahan official.