Home-goers suffer in gridlock on highways

Home-goers suffer in gridlock on highways


Homebound people faced immense sufferings on different highways for hours on Friday due to severe tailbacks.People travelling Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Tangail highways underwent worst ordeal following the heavy rush of home-goers while those taking several other routes also went through sufferings ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.About a 30-km tailback was created from Shanir Akhra of the capital to Narsingdi on Dhaka-Sylhet highway and another from Signboard area of Narayanganj to the toll plaza of Meghna Bridge on Dhaka-Chittagong highway due to heavy pressure of vehicles on the routes from Thursday night.

However, the situation started to improve after 5 pm on Friday although vehicles were plying very slow.Officials at the traffic control department said the main reason behind the traffic gridlock on the highway was the construction work of Bhulta Flyover on Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Rupganj.Besides, several vehicles went out of order on Kanchpur Bridge and Meghna Bridge, adding to the woes.Vehicles were moving slowly on the Dhaka-Tangail highway but the traffic gridlock that was created in the morning has been eased by the afternoon.Meanwhile, several hundred vehicles were waiting on both sides of Paturia-Daulatdia Ferry Ghat as about a four-km tailback was created from Nabagram village in Shibalaya upazila of Manikganj district to Paturia Ghat.Traffic on Dhaka-Aricha highway also turned very slow since afternoon.A seven-km was seen on Daulatdia-Khulna highway from Daulatdia Ghat to the Goalanda upazila headquarters in Rajbari district due to the movement of a huge number of cattle-laden vehicles, reports UNB Goalanda correspondent.Abdus Sattar, manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC), said 14 ferries out of 18 are now carrying vehicles on the Paturia-Daulatdia route.Some 500 light and heavy vehicles, including buses and trucks, were waiting on both sides of Shimulia-Kawarakandi ferry route to cross the mighty Padma River, reports UNB Munshiganj correspondent.Meanwhile, there was no tailback on Dhaka-Mawa highway till filing of this report at 6 pm, said in-charge of Mawa police camp M Mosharraf.Excessive pressure of vehicles also created a 4-km tailback on Dhaka-Khulna highway from Kawrakandi ghat to Panchhar area, triggering immense sufferings on home-goers of 21 southern districts.


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