Holiday-makers are suffering immensely as there have been severe gridlocks on different highways since morning. Due to the upsurge of home-bound people, Shimulia-Kawrakandi ferry service failing to cope with the situation. Hundreds of vehicles remain stranded at Shimulia end.
Many were seen to cross the mighty Padma with speed boats and launches to reach home hurriedly risking their safety. Mosharraf Hossain, in-charge of Mawa police outpost, said around 70 buses, 400 light vehicles and some trucks were in queue.
Meanwhile, there has been a mad rush of home-goers on Dhaka-Chitagong highway for the last three days. A 13-kilometre-long tailback was created from Meghna Bridge to Meghna-Gomoti Bridge at Daudkandi area.
As the Eid day is coming closer, the traffic load has increased manifolds. The gridlock at Daudkandi part of the highway has almost become unmanageable, said police Sergeant Kamaruzzaman Raj, in-charge of Bhaber Char highway police check post.
However, the traffic situation of Dhaka-Tangail highway has improved now. Due to excessive pressure of traffic, the vehicles are moving slowly but the tailback that was created earlier has eased to a great extent.
Khaliliur Rahman Patwari, officer-in-charge of Gorai Highway police outpost, said they have deployed 700 police personnel to facilitate the movement traffic. They are trying their best to ease the sufferings of the holiday-makers, the OC added.
Hundreds of trucks, buses and small vehicles were seen lined up on the highway to a two-kilometre tailback at Paturia ferry terminal at around 12:30 pm today. Thousands of passengers, who are on the way to home to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha, suffer immensely due to the traffic jam.
13 ferries out of 19 are constantly carrying vehicles from three ghats out of four, said sources at Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at Aricha, agencies report.