Dhaka – Despite various travel hazards and frequent road crashes, people are leaving capital Dhaka in their thousands as the Eid-ul-Azha is going to be celebrated in the country on Wednesday.
Sources at Dhaka Metropolitan Police said some 60 lakh city dwellers are expected to leave Dhaka for their respective village homes to celebrate the Eid with their near and dear ones, leaving the city in a holiday mood.
They said nearly 55 lakh people have already left the capital removing its usual bustling of traffic jam. More than five lakh people will leave Dhaka by tomorrow (Tuesday) night.
Thousands of the home-goers have to endure untold sufferings because of long delay in the start of their journey by buses, trains and launches. Besides, gridlocks on different highways, particularly on Dhaka-Tangail and Dhaka-Manikganj, are adding to their woes.
However, those stayed back in the capital are crowding the temporary cattle markets amid apprehension of short supply of sacrificial animals.
Two Dhaka city corporations — the North and the South — have permitted to set up 25 cattle markets in the city and 11 of them alongside different roads. Heavy traffic congestions were seen in those cattle haat areas, including Gabtoli, Agargaon-Shyamoli link road, Taltola of Mirpur, Babu Bazar and near Rampura Bridge.
Contacted, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Detective Branch (Public Relations) of DMP Masudur Rahman said around 95 percent city residents, who want to celebrate Eid at their respective village homes, have already left the city.
Businessmen, traders, employees of shopping malls and markets, started leaving Dhaka this (Monday) afternoon and the mass exodus will continue till late Tuesday night, he said.
DMP Commissioner Benazir Ahmed said around 10,000 households will remain vacant alongside shopping malls, financial institutions and other trading houses during the Eid vacation.
He asked the owners of shops and business establishments not to keep money inside their establishments to avert any unpleasant incident.
A senior DMP official said all-out security measures have already been taken in the capital to ensure security in the vacant households as well as shopping malls and markets, trading houses and financial institutions in the capital during the Eid vacations.
Both plainclothes police and those in uniforms and elite force Rab members have already strengthened their vigilance in the capital.
Capital Dhaka, a city of about 1.6 million people, still offers a good communication and transportation network with all important places due to its strategic geographical location.
In 1947, this bustling Dhaka city extended up to 12 square miles with only a population of some 250,000. In the subsequent years, the city grew in stature and population dramatically, mounting huge pressures on its utility services. – UNB