So far so good
Eid holidaymakers who departed Dhaka by buses were satisfied except the slight congestions on the entry and exit points of the capital.
This year's Eid rush to the bus terminals of Dhaka is truly different comparing to the previous years. The passengers with advance Eid tickets have been leaving the city on time, while instant tickets were also available with an extra charge.
The bus operators of the greater northern and southern districts of Bangladesh said the roads were good and they did not have to face huge tailback till yesterday noon. "If this continues, you naturally can expect a smoother Eid journey this year," they sounded hopeful.
Many home-goers managed one day off on Thursday, as Wednesday was a public holiday. The 3-day Eid holidays begin from Friday. Every year, around 80 lakh people leave the city to celebrate the Eid at their village homes.
But their journey turns bitter largely due to traffic jam, overpricing of tickets and delays in bus and train schedules. Though the authorities concerned claim that adequate measures have been taken to ensure hassle-free Eid journey this time, transport operators fear that the traffic may go haywire if it is not controlled properly.
If it rains on the days of the Eid rush, this would not only slow down movement of vehicles but also damage the roads further. Meantime, Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader narrated several initiatives taken up by his government for smooth Eid trips.
Harunur Rashid, a Rangpur-bound passenger of Shyamoli Paribahan at Kalyanpur told this correspondent that he got an instant ticket. He, however, had to pay Tk 200 extra.
"During the advance ticket sale, they said that they did not have any ticket for June 13. However, I have got the ticket with extra fare," he vented anger. But, his hope for hassle-free journey sidelined the anger.
Hanif Enterprise Kalyanpur Counter master AKM Raisul Alam Sabuj asserted that as many people departed Dhaka earlier, the mad rush slashed. "People are heading towards their homes from June 7," he told the press adding the rush might get momentum from today afternoon.