Thousands of holidaymakers travelling to their village homes to celebrate Eid this year enjoyed comfortable, secured and safer journeys. Most of the passengers travelling on water, road and rail expressed delight as they were able to reach their destinations in safe and secured condition although there were some unavoidable delays on road and rail largely due to bad weather.
Almost all the inter-city buses destined for north, south, west and eastern routes from the capital left on time but due to disruption on the Bangabandhu Bridge from derailment of a train compartment two days before Eid there was long queues of outbound vehicles congested on the highway.
Thanks to the law enforcers, as most passengers witnessed, the highways were cleared round the clock maintained by the patrol traffic police. Such move definitely helped maintain discipline and so drivers were able to ply smoothly.
According to sources, number of casualties on the roads this time were minimum which is why there were fewer incidents of accidents. Besides, most of the Eid vacationers did not have to experience heavy traffic jams, excepting for the passengers bound for the northern districts.
There was no traffic jam on the routes between Dhaka to Chattogram, Dhaka to Sylhet and Dhaka to the Southern districts. However, passengers heading to northern districts had to suffer delays due to bad weather as well as poor conditions of the roads.
Transports on these roads had to run slowly. Besides, the railway passengers travelling to destinations in northern districts had to suffer due to the sorry state of the railway tracks damaged by natural disaster like floods and heavy rainfalls.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Qader on Wednesday said, excepting for the northern region, no incident of or traffic jam or accident was reported during the journey of the holidaymakers.
The minister said, separate roads accidents left a total of 46 people dead and the number was less compared to the previous years. He made the remark on Wednesday while talking to journalists at his office. Obaidul Qader said that the journeys by Dhaka-Tangail and Sirajganj routes were not comfortable due to heavy pressure of transports on that road as well as its narrow passages. According to sources, eight people were killed and five others injured in separate road accidents at different places in Rangpur and Dinajpur districts on Monday night and Tuesday.
Seven other people were killed in separate accidents in five other districts-Narsinghdi, Gaibandha, Cumilla, Natore and Tangail. On the other hand, thousands of people bound to southern districts like Barishal, Patuakhali, Barguna, Jhalokathi and Pirojpur make their journey by waterway every year and in their journey, they had to experience untold sufferings. But this year, there was no incident of accident or sufferings.