With Eid-ul-Azha just around the corner, it’s important that the government prepares for the onrush of people going back to their respective hometowns for the holidays.
This year, the railway is expected to cater to 260,000 people. As a result of the numbers, twice every year, people find themselves clambering over each other to buy train tickets -- only further proof of how most government administrations lack the fundamentals of a workable system, resulting in citizens bearing the brunt of the ensuing chaos.
Though the government has allocated advanced booking systems, both via counters and online, which will be available from August 29, it is imperative that the authorities allow for it to be a smooth and hassle-free process.
Special trains will also be operating for 10 days during the Eid holidays.
In the past, because of the prevalent VIP culture that is unfortunately still epidemic in the country, air-conditioned berths were sold out before counters had even opened. This year, 25% of the tickets have already been booked for VIPs.
This is not how a democracy is supposed to work.
As a nation, we should be ashamed to boast a class of people who are deemed more “important” than any other.
These seats should be made available on a “first come, first serve” basis so that the distribution process is even and just.
The government has been doing much in the form of introducing new modes of public transport, improved highways, and intra-city flyovers to ensure that Dhaka and its commuters have an easier time travelling from point A to point B.
It is hoped that the government will do the same when it comes to travelling away from Dhaka.
Eid should be a time of happiness and joy, when people around the country like to spend time with their families and loved ones.
Let us hope the stress and misery of travel arrangements does not corrupt it with its mark.