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Lastnewsbd, 16th June, Dhaka: People continue to streaming out of the capital on Friday to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr amid shortage of transports, late schedule of trains and excessive fares of tickets. Holiday makers also faced difficulties to reach terminals due to shortage of public transports on roads. People, mainly northern districts-bound passengers, were seen to get on roof of buses and on trucks and pick-up vans from adjacent areas of city’s Gabtoli terminal. Highway many trucks and vans were seen to carry passengers illegally on the highway and in front of law enforcers. Some major northern district bound trains are running much behind schedule. Nilsagar Express on Dhaka-Nilphamari is running at least six hours, Lalmoni Express is running at least four hours and Sundarban Express on Dhaka-Khulna route is running at least three hours behind the schedule. Bangladesh Railway officials said trains were running behind schedule as passengers were taking time to get on and off the trains. Huge people are also travelling on train roofs while two people died on Thursday after falling from train roofs. At Sadarghat launch terminal, people on southern districts were seen to wait since Thursday night. All launches are crowded with passengers. Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority officials have said that as vacations for most of the apparel workers started from today they faced huge pressure on launches.

Traffic gridlock was seen at some key highways and ferry points due to pressure of vehicles carrying holiday makers. Risky and illegal roof top journey on trains, trucks, pick-up vans also continues while the launches are overloaded also. This year people on northern district routes are mainly suffering both on roads and trains. Around 5:30am two passenger buses collided head on at Mirzapur area on Dhaka-Tangail highway. While no one got injuries, huge traffic gridlock created on the road following the accident. Till noon,  a 15 kilometre tailback of vehicles was seen between Elenga and Karatia bypass points on the highway. Vehicles were seen to line up in about five kilometre queue at Patutia ferry point in the morning for increased pressure of holiday makers. Since Friday morning people gathered at city’s three inter district bus terminals. At Gabtali, huge passengers were seen to wait for buses while they alleged that the number of transports was few. Moreover the operators were charging extra from passengers on different routes.

 

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