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21 August, 2018 12:17:00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 21 August, 2018 12:15:55 PM
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Homebound people suffer transport woes

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Homebound people suffer transport woes
ARDUOUS, RISKY BUT HAPPILY UNDERTAKEN: While some struggles to get on board a compartment of a Rajshahi-bound train, others, knowing that it will not be possible for them to get a berth inside the coach, try to secure a spot on the roof despite having the knowledge that it is illegal and risky as well. The photo was taken at Kamalapur Railway Station in the capital minutes before the train leaves with holiday makers two days ahead of Eid-ul-Azha yesterday. Focus bangla photo

People on their way to home to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with their near and dear ones have suffered immensely while travelling by trains and buses. Train services from Kamalapur, the largest station in the country, were badly hit yesterday by hours of schedule disruptions, while highway passengers suffered due to delayed buses and long tailbacks lasting for hours. Passengers were seen waiting endlessly at the Kamalapur railway station for trains. Whenever a train arrived, thousands of people scrambled to get into the compartments to get a seat or find space. Those who failed to find any room inside the compartments climbed on to the rooftops, though travelling by such means is unlawful.

A Lalmonirhat-bound train was forced to return to the Kamalapur station after moving for about 200 yards due to the overcrowding of passengers. The train, bursting with passengers, eventually left the Kamalapur station around 2:45pm instead of the scheduled 9:15am. The train had arrived at the station at 1:30pm. The train had not gone more than 200 yards from the station when it rolled back to the platform around 3pm as one of the compartments developed a snag due to the overload, according to the station authorities.

The train resumed its journey at 3:20pm after the passengers of the compartment were made to disembark by the police.

Kamalapur station manager Shitangshu Chakrabarty told

the media that at least 28 trains had left the station till 1:30 pm. He said six trains were running behind schedule.

He also said the Rangpur-bound Rangpur Express was late by four hours, Rajshahi-bound Dhumketu Express by three hours, Nilphamari-bound Nilsagar Express by three and a hours, Jamalpur-bound Dewanganj Eid Special by 20 minutes and Khulna-bound Sundarban Express by around two hours.

On the other hand, passengers travelling by the road suffered the most on different routes due to long tailbacks at various places, especially on the Dhaka-Tangail highway.

The inter-district bus terminals in Gabtoli, Mahakhali and Syedabad were teeming with people, waiting for hours for their buses to leave. They were seen waiting for several hours without any clue to when their buses would arrive and leave for their destinations. The buses were late because of severe traffic gridlocks on the highways.

Passengers bound for north-Bengal suffered immensely on the Dhaka-Tangail highway due a long tailback from Kaliakoir to the Bangabandhu Bridge with buses moving at a snail’s pace. The traffic movement was also badly hit because of the rundown condition of the Dhaka-Tangail highway. Those travelling by the Shimulia-Kanthalbari and Douladia-Paturia routes also had their share of woe as buses inched their way forward.

The ferries of the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) were busy in carrying vehicles across the Padma River. Gias Uddin, manager of the Shimulia Ghat in Munshiganj, said 17 of their ferries are running on the Shimulia-Kanthalbari river route for carrying the buses and other vehicles and passengers. There has been a huge pressure of private cars and buses carrying thousands of people on this route.

There was also a huge passenger rush at the Sadarghat Launch Terminal. The authorities said the pressure of passengers would only increase. They also said they are well prepared to handle the rush and ensure a safe journey on river routes leading to the southern part of the country.

Alimgir Kabir, joint director of the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority, said: “We've an adequate number of launches at Sadarghat. We're allowing the launches to leave the ghat after proper inspection to ensure they were not overcrowded. We're giving the highest priority to passenger safety."

He also said law enforcers have been deployed at the ghat to prevent any untoward incident.

IK

 

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