Tuesday, 16 Jul, 2024
Tuesday, 16 Jul, 2024
The Daily Post

Eid journey begins with the sufferings

Yaminul Hasan Alif

Eid journey begins with the sufferings

# Railway schedule disruption on second day like the first day

# Traffic gridlock, roadside cattle market will increase suffering

# No much passenger pressure on the waterways as before


The number of people leaving the city and rushing to village increases during various festival holidays. In particular, the number of people leaving the capital has increased several times during Eid. However, traffic congestion, accidents, transport schedule disasters and extra fare collection make fade the joy of Eid of returning homebound peoples.

Although the private employees have not yet got leave, students studying in different educational institutions in the capital and job seekers have already started leaving Dhaka. Special trains have already been introduced on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha. The pressure to leave the capital was higher yesterday than on Wednesday. However, the number of people leaving the capital is expected to be the highest today or tomorrow.

Already buses, trains and launches have been prepared for the people returning home. More than one crore people from Dhaka, Gazipur, Narayanganj and adjoining districts will leave for home during the Eid journey.

Meanwhile, when Eid comes, the crowd increases on the road, rail and rivers. Accidents on these roads leave the thought of the people. According to Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, more than 400 people were killed and 1,398 others injured in 399 accidents on roads and highways during Eid-ul-Fitr this year, seven people were killed and five others injured in two accidents on waterways and 24 people were killed and 21 others injured in 18 accidents on railways this year.

There is also a possibility of casualties in road accidents on Eid-ul-Azha. In addition to road accidents, passengers have to suffer due to traffic congestion during Eid journey. On Wednesday morning, 15 kilometers of traffic was seen in Tangail leaving Dhaka. Traffic congestion continued yesterday, which is expected to increase further. Especially on the side of the highway, the amount of traffic congestion will be high due to cattle markets and animal-carrying vehicles.

On the occasion of upcoming Eid-ul-Azha, Eid special train service has started from Wednesday. Bangladesh Railway has decided to run 10 pairs of Eid special trains for the convenience of homebound people. On Wednesday, the first day saw the schedule disaster coming true. Rajshahi-bound Dhumketu Express (769) was scheduled to leave Kamalapur Railway Station at 6:00 am, but the train left Dhaka Station at 7:20 am. The second train, Tourist Express, left the station 35 minutes late and the third train, Parabat Express, two hours late.

After the first day's schedule disaster, the first half of the second day was suffering-free. Trains are seen leaving Dhaka's Kamalapur on time. However, since noon, the railway passengers have been suffering due to schedule disasters. Rajshahi-bound Silk City left Kamalapur after about two hours.

Bijoy Saha, a passenger waiting for Silk City, told The Daily Post, "I heard in the morning that there was no schedule disaster. I arrived at the station long before the scheduled time. Now I see it's pretty late."

Meanwhile, since the construction of the Padma Bridge in the southern region, the pressure of passengers on the waterways has decreased a lot. Passengers are more interested in traveling by road for faster travel all the time including Eid. At the last minute, the pressure on the waterway increased. Even after visiting Sadarghat, there was no special crowd for the Eid journey as before. However, the pressure is expected to increase in the end.

Sadarghat porter Siddique Mia told The Daily Post, "I have been in Sadarghat for eleven years. After the construction of the Padma Bridge, there is no pressure of passengers during normal time or Eid. However, the number of passengers increases a lot if the garment holidays are given."

The impact of Eid travel can also be seen on the airline. Passengers are also claiming that the price of air tickets is several times.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun said different units of police are working with transport owners and workers to make Eid journey safe. IGP Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun and DMP Commissioner Habibur Rahman visited Gabtoli bus terminal and cattle market on Thursday morning and talked to passengers and cattle traders. The IGP spoke to the journalists present after observing the overall security system. Dhaka Metropolitan Police, district police, highway police, river police, tourist police, RAB and other specialized units of police are working together to make the Eid journey safe and smooth. The administration, transport owners and workers are also working with the police.