Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– A mad rush of home-goers continued at bus and launch terminals and railway stations in Dhaka on Sunday ahead of the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of the Muslims.
Trains starting from Kamalapur Railway Station in the capital fell behind the schedule following damage of the engine of an intercity train in Airport Station on Saturday morning.
The damage of the engine triggering much pain for the home-goers as the Eid-ul-Azha trips have got underway.
Sub-inspector Rajib of Government Railway police (GRP) of Kamalapur Railway station said ‘Parabat Express’, the intercity train on the Dhaka- Sylhet route, left the station around 6:40am(local time) and reached the airport station around 7:10.
The engine of the train broke down at the moment when it was to leave the station.
Though the city roads were less crowded on the day, the terminals and stations saw a large number of passengers, many of whom had to wait for hours beyond schedules for their transports.
Passengers of several routes said the vehicles they will travel by were late to reach the capital Dhaka due to traffic congestion on highways.
According to highway police, traffic congestion worsened at Paturia ferry ghat in Manikganj, but eased at Mawa in Munshiganj.
Paturia police said hundreds of vehicles, including buses, trucks and cars, have been caught in tailback that has stretched several kilometres from the ferry terminal beside the River Padma.
There is a 10-kilometre tailback on Dhaka-Tangail highway from Chandra of Gazipur to Mirzapur of Tangail. Vehicles are moving very slowly on the highway following the heavy rush of vehicle.
However, transport movement is slow on Dhaka-Aricha and Paturia-Daulatdia Ferry Ghat, Dhaka-Mawa Highway and Mawa-Kewrakandi Ferry Ghat.
The three-day public holiday will begin on Monday, but a large number of home-goers started leaving the city for their village home on Thursday afternoon.