Holidaymakers begin to return capital after 9-day holiday

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Dhaka, July 9: The holidaymakers who went to their hometown and villages to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with their dear and near during the long holidays started returning to the capital Dhaka on Saturday.

The government service holders got nine days of relief as holiday during this Eid festival and they would begin their work at different government offices from Saturday.

However, it has been learnt that people who have their offices today are coming back to Dhaka after a long lull of holidays.

Everyday the buses are carrying thousands of passengers who are getting off at different inter-district bus terminals like Gabtoli, Mohakhali and Sayedabad, while Sadarghat is teeming with the passengers of launches and steamers from the southern part of the country.

Country’s biggest Kamalapur Railway station has been seen with teeming passengers getting off from different train services at the platform of the station on Saturday.holidaymakers returning (file photo)

Many of the train passengers complained that they suffered a lot due to getting train tickets, delay of journey and overloaded passengers.

The schedule of the Silk City train bound for Dhaka-Rajshahi reached at the Kamalapur Station at 2:30 pm but the schedule time was at 1:50 pm.

Nazmul Karim a passenger of the train said he suffered a lot because the train was overcrowded and it was delayed.

Another passenger of Kalni express from Sylhet said, the train was not late but the journey was troubling as the pressure of passengers was huge.

Sitangshu Chakrabarti, station master of Kamalapur Railway station said, “Some trains were late by five to ten minutes. It takes a bit more time to reach destination because of huge pressure of passengers today.”

Passengers of buses said they did not suffer much except some congestion at some points due to huge number of buses plying on the roads on the occasion of Eid festival.

Ajmal Hossain a bus passenger from Lalmonirhat reached Gabtoli bus terminal in the afternoon yesterday said the road was almost free and there was not much sufferings except some traffic congestion at Kaliakoir area.

The Sadarghat launch terminal was full of passengers returning from their homes after the Eid holyday. There was not much pressure of passengers yesterday but the BIWTA authorities said the pressure would start from Saturday night. The special service of BTWTA would continue till July 10.

The holidaymakers had to spend double or treble amount of money for managing tickets on their way to home and back to capital.

The government said stern action would be taken if extra money is taken from the passengers for tickets but the passengers said they did not find any implication of the government’s speech as they had to pay more to collect tickets.

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