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Homegoers suffer as trains run late ahead of Eid

  • Published at 03:27 pm August 8th, 2019
EID holidaymakers- Kamalapur Railway Station -Mahmud Hossain Opu
File photo: Hundreds of people gathered at Kamalapur Railway Station and Airport Railway Station early in the morning, but had to wait for hours as most of the trains were painfully delayed Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Rain also causes distress

Home-bound people travelling to different regions of Bangladesh via trains have continued to suffer as many inter-district trains have been delayed at Kamlapur railway station in Dhaka.

Apart from the distress caused by rain, commuters were seen waiting at the station for their scheduled trains to arrive on Thursday morning. 

Similar situation could also be seen on Wednesday. Railway authorities have also announced that trains, especially the ones that are northern region-bound, will be delayed. 

Almost no trains left the station on time on Thursday. 

Kamlapur station Manager Mohammad AminulHaq said: "On the second day of the Eid journey, a total of 55 trains, including three special ones, will leave the station for different destinations. 

“We are doing our best to maintain the schedule. Only trains that arrived late are departing late, the rest of the trains have maintained the schedule."

Rajshahi-bound Dhumketu Express, which was supposed to depart the station around 6:20am, left at 8am Thursday while Chilahati-bound Nilsagar Express, scheduled to leave at 8am, left the station at 10:25am.

Meanwhile, Rangpur Express left the station at 11am instead of the scheduled time 9am. The Dinajpur-Panchagarh-bound Ekota Express left the station at 11:15am instead of its 10am schedule.  

Towhidul Islam, a passenger of the Nilsagar Express, said: "I struggled a lot to get a ticket on July 30. However, I heard that the train is delayed by 2.5 hours after arriving at Kamalapur in the morning. 

"It is very distressing for commoners like us as we are traveling long distance with families. The authorities do not take any precautionary measures to prevent such delay and we have to pay the price for that," he added.