Rush to capital yet to peakMuktadir Rashid
People are returning to the capital after celebrating Eid-ul-Azha and Durga Puja, braving difficulties including shortage of transportation facilities and additional ticket fare.
Transport operators have said although quite a large number of people have started returning to the capital after Puja and Eid, held respectively on October24 and 27, the real rush will begin from November 1.
Traffic remained unusually thin in different parts of the capital as many of the holidaymakers were still to return to Dhaka, Dhaka Metropolitan Police traffic control room said.
Emdad Hosain, manager at the counter of Shohag Paribahan in Magura, said long-distance luxury buses were experiencing crowd since Monday evening.
‘We are failing to manage seats even for our regular passengers,’ he said.
Tapan Mahmud, a Dhaka-bound passenger from Magura, alleged that the operators were charging extra fare.
The operators usually charge Tk 350 for a journey from Magura to Dhaka while they are currently charging Tk 550 per seat in the non-air-conditioned bus, said Tapan, a regular passenger.
People are delaying their journey to the capital to avoid crowd, transport operators in Jessore, Barisal and Chittagong said.
Most employees of government, semi-government and autonomous offices have already retuned to the capital as the holydays ended on October 28, said the officials.
Officials of Shohag Paribahan, Eagle Paribahan, Green Line, Hanif Enterprise, AK Travels, Shyamoli and A Alam Paribahan said they were unable to provide any more tickets of chair and air-conditioned coaches for next few days.
A ticket seeker, Rafikul Islam, in Jessore said he had changed the scheduled of his travel because of the additional fare and scarcity of seats.
Long-distance bus operators, however, said they passengers would not face any massive tailback during their return journey.
They, however, said ferry services at Paturiya point and elsewhere should be kept uninterrupted and additional wreckers should be kept stand-by to remove out-of-order vehicles after accidents, if any, from highways.
Highway Police’s additional superintendent (east zone) Md Asfiquzzaman Aktar told New Age that they had already intensified their efforts to tackle the rush of post-Eid traffic.
He also said that they have taken special measure to stop reckless driving.
People who preferred river routes to travel to the south and the south-east have begun their journey for outlying areas Monday night, launch operators said.
Officials at BIWTA terminal at Sadarghat said they had started facing a bit rush.
New Age correspondent in Barisal said although the launch operators were not charging additional ticket fare, they were carrying passengers beyond their capacity.
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