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Eid journey: Holidaymakers suffer due to long tailbacks on highways

Heavy gridlock on Dhaka-Tangail highway during Eid-ul-Azha rush on Sunday, August 11, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

North bound buses taking detours via cities

Thousands of Eid-ul-Azha holidaymakers have been stuck on Dhaka-Tangail and Dhaka-Rajshahi highways due to tailbacks, extending over Bangabandhu Bridge.

On Dhaka-Tangail highway, north bound buses faced 50km congestion from Mirzapur Gorai onwards on Sunday morning.

Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Bangabandhu Bridge east police station, Mosharraf Hossain said: "A number of cars broke down in two spots early Sunday. It took some time for us to remove them, which halted toll collection several times.

"The roads are also partially damaged due to heavy rainfall, further causing vehicles to move slowly." 

Superintended of Tangail police (SP) Sonjit Kumar said: “Trucks and covered vans have been banned during Eid, but they are still coming in large numbers, making the situation worse.

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"Roads are also blocked on the west side of the bridge, in Sirajganj, which has caused more traffic jam."

On the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway, western side of Bangabandhu Bridge, traffic congestion extended from Kodder More to Nolka Bridge.

Inspector Nurul Islam of Sirajganj Sadar police station said: "Most of the north bound buses are taking detours via cities to avoid the congestion."

Officer-in-Charge of Bangabandhu Bridge west police station, Syed Sohid Alam said: "Apart from the 14km congestion, there are no major problems here. Vehicles in the north are progressing slowly."

Holidaymakers on the Bagura-Nagarbari and Natore-Bonepara highways are also facing congestion.

Officer-in-Charge of Hatikumrul Highway police station, Md Akter Hossain said: “Vehicles on the highway are moving slowly, but the congestion is not as bad as it was on Saturday [August 10]." 

Vehicular movement on the highways was smooth on August 9. The congestion mainly started on August 10.