Most of the trains leaving Dhaka were seen overcrowded as thousands of homebound passengers left the city to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with their dear ones. -Mostafizur Rahman
Disruption in the schedules of a number of trains, particularly of those that run on northern and southern districts, caused immense sufferings to Eid holidaymakers on Saturday. Train passengers said none of the northern district-bound trains and some of southern region-bound trains did not leave Kamalapur Railway Station as per their schedules.
Some trains have been running up to 12 hours behind schedule, forcing its passengers to wait at the Kamalapur Station platforms for hours on end. Resho Banik, officer-in-charge of Kamalapur Railway Station, said Chattogram and Sylhet-bound trains left the stations as per schedules but the northern and southern districts-bound trains fell behind their schedules due to slow movement of trains over Bangabandhu Bridge.
With the Eid vacation officially commencing on Sunday, the majority of people sought to return home during the weekend holidays on Friday and Saturday. According to the railway authorities, a train accident on Friday at near Bangabandhu Bridge forced numerous schedule changes delaying almost all trains bound for the Rangpur, Rajshahi and Khulna divisions across the Bangabandhu Bridge.
'Dhumketu Express' left the station six hours later than the scheduled time while 'Sundarban Express' was late by five hours, 'Nilsagar Express' and 'Rangpur Express' trains by eight hours and 'Lalmonirhat Express' (special) by 10 hours.
The platform of the station is abuzz with homebound people as they were seen waiting there for hours together amid hot and humid weather. Meanwhile, many people were seen travelling on the rooftops of trains, putting their lives at risk.
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