Eid journey: 40-km tailback on Dhaka-Bangabandhu Bridge

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Dhaka, August 09: The homebound passengers who already left capital city Dhaka have been stuck almost in all highways except Dhaka-Chattogram due to acute traffic jam since Friday morning.Vehicular movement on the north Bengal-bound Dhaka- Bangabandhu Bridge-Sirajganj, Dhaka-Mymensingh via Gazipur and Dhaka-Savar-Paturia-Rajbari highways have been stuck creating in 40km tailback in Tangail- Bangabandhu Bridge-Sirajganj highway, 21km on the Dhaka-Savar-Aricha-Nabinagar-Chandra highways and 17km in Paturia on the Dhaka-Manikganj highways traffic congestion just two days ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.

Vehicles were seen moving slowly in every highway including Dhaka-Mymensingh, Dhaka-Tangail and Dhaka-Aricha highways on Friday morning as a large number of vehicles left the capital for various destination of the country ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.

Police said vehicles carrying the home-bound people are moving slowly at Chandana intersection, Board Bazar, Gazipur intersection and Tongi due to heavy pressure of vehicles.

Besides, drivers are driving their vehicles carefully due to the potholes caused by the ongoing construction works of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority.

Highway police, metropolitan police, community police and volunteers from city corporation are working to maintain discipline on the highway.

Although the three-day holiday for Eid will begin Sunday, a large number of people left the capital today taking the advantage of weekly holiday.

The Eid-ul-Azha is scheduled to be celebrated on August 12.

Excessive number of vehicles and slow vehicular movement has caused the long tailback, Bangabandhu Bridge Western Police station Officer in charge (OC) Syed Shahid Alam told this correspondent.

The tailback was observed from Koddar Mor of West end of Bangabandhu Bridge to Hatikumrul circle, the entrance of the North Bengal, in Sirajganj.

Vehicles hardly can move from Bangabandhu Bridge to Sirajganj as the highway witnessed excessive number of vehicles.

Nazrul Faraizi, a passenger of Hanif Paribahan, told Banglanews on the mobile phone that he left Dhaka’s Kalyanpur bus stand at 11:00pm Thursday (August 8). The bus remained stuck on the Bangabandhu Bridge West Connecting Road till 11:30am on Friday.

Akhteruzzaman, Officer-in-charge of Hatikumrul Highway Police Station, said that despite the heavy traffic since morning, vehicles are running slowly. Police are working to reduce traffic congestion.