Eid holidaymakers enjoyed almost hassle-free journeys to their destinations on Saturday as long-distance traffic was reported normal on highways in the country.
No severe gridlocks were created on major highways because law-enforcers were working round the clock to make Eid journeys safe and comfortable.
But the buses carrying home-bound people are moving slowly due to huge pressure of vehicles on roads.
Trains with passengers aboard left the capital for their destinations on schedule.
“Trains left for their destinations on time on Saturday,” said Shitangshu Chakravarty, manager of Kamalapur railway station in the city.
As many as 69 trains leave the station for different destinations every day, he added.
Launch services were also found normal, but several launches were overcrowded, a launch driver said.
Traffic on Dhaka-Chittagong highway returned to normalcy in the afternoon after the authorities concerned put a ban on traffic of goods-laden vehicles bound for Dhaka from Chittagong seaport, said Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge of Daudkandi Highway Police Station in Comilla.
During his visit to Dhaka-Chittagong highway, Inspector-General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque said traffic situation is normal on the busy road.
In Manikganj, no traffic gridlock was seen on Daulatdia-Paturia route as BIWTA authorities added two more ferries to the existing 16 to carry the excessive number of vehicles smoothly.
The local administration has deployed a large number of policemen to avoid any untoward incident, said police super Mahfuzur Rahman.
In Gazipur, the traffic movement became normal on both Dhaka-Tangail and Dhaka-Mymensingh highways in the afternoon.
The district administration has deployed around 2,000 law enforcers on the two highways to keep traffic normal, said police super Harun-or-Rashid.
“Police have been discharging their duties with utmost sincerity for ensuring a smooth journey of the home-bound people,” he added.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader claimed that traffic jams on highways is less this time than that of the last 10 years.
“Vehicles are moving slowly on highways, but it’s tolerable,” he said while talking to reporters after a visit to Gabtoli Bus Terminal in the capital in the morning.
The minister urged transport owners not to take extra fares from passengers.
Referring to a road accident in Rangpur, the minister called upon drivers not to drive recklessly on roads.
Due to slow movement of vehicles on highways, many buses failed to set for on time, causing sufferings for home-goers.
Most of bus and rail stations and launch terminals in the capital are found overcrowded on Saturday. Many people were seen waiting for buses in different areas.
Most of buses, trains and launches were packed. Many rode rooftops of trains, buses and launches.
A road accident in Mirzapur of Tangail in the morning created a long tailback on Dhaka-Tangail highway. It retuned to normalcy later on.
The vehicles are moving at a snail’s pace from Bangabandhu Bridge to Sirajganj’s Hatikumrul. Police blamed a fragile bridge for the tailback.
There was no tailback on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway on Saturday. But traffic moving slowly at Daudkandi’s Meghna-Gomoti Bridge toll plaza.
Superintendent of Comilla Highway Police Paritosh Ghose said there was no tailback on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Daudkandi.
Traffic was moving slowly at Kaliakoir bypass, Sutrapur, Alenga and Mirzapur areas.
Sadarghat Launch Terminal saw a huge rush of home-bound people. Launches plying river routes are carrying passengers beyond usual capacity.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), the capacity is not more than 0.15 million a day, but 0.3 million people will leave for their homes daily.
About 45 to 50 vessels operate every day from Dhaka to different destinations. The number goes up to 120 during the last few days before Eid-ul-Fitr, BIWTA officials said.
They also said a vessel can carry 1,000 to 1,600 passengers on an average.