Eid revelers rush out of capital to celebrate festivalTapos Kanti Das
Thousands of people on Thursday huddled at bus and railway terminals in the capital to head home in outlying areas to enjoy Eid-ul-Fitr, likely to be celebrated tomorrow.
Thousands of passengers crowded Gabtali, Sayedabad and Mohakhali inter-district bus terminals, Kamalapur railway station and Sadarghat launch terminal frantically trying to board their respective transports to go to their village homes.
The near and dear ones of these desperate passengers are eagerly waiting to receive them back home to celebrate the Eid festival.
A good number of home goers missed their train as they could not reach the station in time. This correspondent talked to a few of the passengers who missed their scheduled train Thursday morning. Then, they were desperately trying to buy tickets to ride other trains. Some of them would reach home Friday morning, possibly, the very Eid day.
A number of transports left terminals behind their schedule. The passengers were seen waiting for buses as the same transports were plying back and forth to carry the travelers.
All the trains left the Kamlapur terminal in sardines-like conditions. Passengers left the terminal even riding on train roofs and stairs where they got a chance to keep their feet, hanging.
As the trains reached airport and Joydevpur stations, passengers contested to ride on the rooftops and the train left the stations leaving many in despair.
The trains bound for Syedpur and commuter train bound for Jamuna Bridge were far away from their schedule, adding torments to the passengers.
The Syedpur-bound Ekota Express, scheduled to leave Kamalpur at 9:50am, did not leave until 2:45 pm. Jamuna Bridge bound commuter train scheduled to leave at 11:20am actually left the station at about 2:00pm.
‘The train needs 10 hours to reach Syedpur. And, I need two more hours to go to my village home from the town,’ Abdul Hakim, a garment factory official in Mirpur, said.
As the train he boarded made an awful late, he fears he would reach home early tomorrow (Friday).
Aduri Khatun who arrived in the terminal to go to Kishoreganj by Egarsindhur Provati train found it had left Kamalapur at 8.15am.
She said it was her fault because she could not arrive in time with two of the kids and a compact luggage.
She said she was then going to Mohakhali Bus terminal hoping she would get bus tickets to go to her village home.
Kamalapur station master, Md Shakhawat Hossian Khan, said that the Ekota Express was behind the schedule because of some operational problems.
Many passengers at the inter-district bus terminals told New Age that the buses headeddestined for far outlying areas, such as, Khulna, Chittagong, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Rangpur and Barisal had left the terminals one to two hours after schedules. Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority officials at Aricha said that there was no congestion at the landing stations along thePaturia–Daulatdia ferry route.
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