40-km tailback at Bangabandhu BridgeNew Age Online
Movements of traffic on Dhaka-Dinajpur highway near Bangabandhu Bridge (east zone) turned almost standstill Saturday due to awful 40-kilometre congestion, beginning at Gorai of Tangail, witnesses said.
The situation deteriorates amid a moderate cold wave that is sweeping across the country, as the travelers fear resumption of blockade programme, anytime, by BNP-led opposition bloc.
Sandwiched between the blockades, thousands of passengers faced untold torments due to the tailback stretched from Gorai under Mirzapur upazila to Bangabandhu Bridge (east zone) under Kalihati upazila in Tangail.
Thousands of people suffered for more than 10 hours due to the congestion since early morning.
Bulbul Islam, a Rajshahi-bound passenger of Hanif Paribahan, who was traveling along with his family members, said that they left Dhaka at around 5:00am.
‘We were supposed to reach Rajshahi by 10:00am, but our bus was still stuck at Elenga in Tangail at 3:00pm,’ he said.
Waves of vehicles form in between the blockades, creating such long queues along this road, said Jobaidul Alam, officer-in-charge of Gorai highway police.
He said highway police are trying to bring the traffic movement to normal. ‘I hope that the movement of vehicles might return to normalcy by 7:00pm.’
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