A 100-kilometre long tailback was created on the Dhaka-Tangail highway on Friday creating immense sufferings for thousands of Eid passengers. -AA
Thousands Eid holidaymakers are suffering as a 100-kilometre long tailback has been created on the Dhaka-Tangail highway from Ashulia in Gazipur to the Bangabandhu Bridge since early Friday.
District police super Sanjib Kumar Biswas said the huge traffic congestion on the highway was created due to the pressure of Dhaka-bound cattle-laden trucks and excessive vehicles of Eid holidaymakers. Law enforcers and volunteers have been working on the highway to ease the tailback, he said.
Rafiqul Islam, one of the passengers of a Gaibandha bound bus, said that it took him more than five hours to reach Tangail bypass from Ashulia. Government should repair the highways at least one month the holy Eid, consideration of advantage of the passengers, he said.
On the other hand, additional superintendent of police Ahaduzzaman Mia said the condition of the road has deteriorated due to rain. There are potholes, dents and mud on the road, he said.
Although the Eid vacation begins on Sunday, a large number of homegoers left Dhaka on Friday taking advantage of the weekend. The Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated in the country on Monday.
It is mentionable that home-bound people suffer every year during Eid vacations due to sorry state of highways. But the government has assured that Eid journey will be comfortable this year as measures have been taken in this regard.
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