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Passengers suffer as traffic intensifies on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway at midnight

  • Influx of garment workers leaving Gazipur after granted leave
  • Standstill persisted over a stretch of 20-25km
Update : 09 Apr 2024, 10:54 AM

As people rush to their villages to celebrate Eid with their families, severe traffic jams have formed on the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway since Monday afternoon, extending well into the night and stretching across 20 to 25 kilometres of the roadway. Passengers have been significantly inconvenienced by this situation.

According to accounts from passengers and bus drivers, the influx of hundreds of thousands of garment workers leaving Gazipur for home after being granted leave on Monday afternoon inundated both the Dhaka-Tangail and Dhaka-Mymensingh commuter highways in Gazipur.

The traffic congestion intensified as passengers were transferred from the Joydebpur intersection of the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway to 15 different points in the Jaina Bazar area, at the district's end, resulting in a standstill that persisted until midnight over a stretch of 20 to 25 kilometres. Passengers endured considerable hardship due to the sluggish pace of movement.

Delwar Hossain, a driver with Alam Asia Paribahan en route from Dhaka to Mymensingh, reported a delay of over an hour at the Joydebpur intersection after departing Dhaka. Vehicles were parked haphazardly, picking up passengers, and causing significant congestion.

Delwar suggested organizing passenger vehicles on one side of the highway to mitigate such issues.

Anwar Sheikh, driving for Hazrat Shahjalal Paribahan bound for Netrakona, noted that their vehicles avoided stopping at intersections to pick up roadside passengers, which expedited their journey through the Rajendrapur area of the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway. However, delays ensued from Hotapara, Bhawanipur, Member Bari, and Bagher Bazar via Rajendrapur due to the presence of smaller pickups, open trucks, and short-distance vehicles picking up long-distance passengers, resulting in a significant traffic backlog.

Mominul Islam, transporting passengers in a truck, described navigating through traffic jams and encountering congestion around the Abda junction after passing the Mauna flyover, exacerbating the backlog.

Furthermore, a traffic jam spanning approximately 10 kilometres, stretching from Digarkanda bypass intersection to the Shambhuganj China Bridge toll plaza, persisted until midnight, causing further distress to travellers.

While police and law enforcement officers were present on the road, they struggled to control the congestion due to the surplus of vehicles. The situation is expected to persist until the eve of Eid.

In response, Md Mostafizur Rahman, superintendent of police of Gazipur Region of Highway Police, emphasized the implementation of strict measures to prevent vehicles from stopping to pick up passengers on the highway, employing a range of resources, including CCTV surveillance and drones, to monitor and address anomalies.

District Police Superintendent Masum Ahmad Bhuiyan acknowledged the extensive traffic congestion, attributing it to vehicles from various districts, including Dhaka, passing through Mymensingh. Law enforcement agencies, including the police, are actively working to manage the situation.

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