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The holidaymakers' woes remain

Published : Saturday, 18 August, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 233

The holidaymakers' woes remain

The holidaymakers' woes remain

Eid journey of home-goers began this morning. Due to heavy rush of vehicles a 23-kilometre tailback has been created on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway. The Chittagong-bound vehicles came to a halt for around 20-kilometre on the highway stretching from Kanchpur to Meghna Bridge. Thousands of passengers have been suffering immensely on the highway. The rise in number of vehicles carrying Eid holidaymakers on the highway and huge rush of goods-laden trucks, covered vans, pick-ups and lorries caused the tailback.  

On the other hand, agitating garment workers have ended their blockade on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway. They were demanding half of their current month's salary after getting assurances from the authorities. Several thousand garment workers blocked Dhaka-Mymensingh highway in Hotapara area of Gazipur Sadar upazila demanding half of their current month's salary. The blockade caused immense sufferings to the homebound people on the highway.

Every year the Eid holidaymakers suffer in traffic jams because the authorities failed to control vehicular movement at some key places on major highways, many of which are being expanded and repaired. There have been jams on almost all major highways due mainly to poor road conditions, development work, and other bottlenecks, like narrow roads and bridges, poorly planned intersections, and roadside markets.

Every year, we expect that the Eid journey will be more comfortable than last year. But sign shows that our expectation will remain unfulfilled this year also. We are requesting responsible authority for the sake of public interest to create the easiest way out in this regard to reduce home goers sufferings.

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