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Holidaymakers start returning to Dhaka

Holidaymakers start returning to Dhaka

Holidaymakers have started to return to the capital after celebrating the Eid-ul-Azha with their families in villages and hometowns across the country. They started to come back from Saturday ahead of their first working day today (Sunday). 

The Railway station, bus and launch terminals were found crowds of people, but the pressure of returnees is still low. 

Dhaka is yet to become vibrant and active city with usual flow of huge traffic on the roads. Supervisors of long route buses also said the returnees' pressure is not high enough yet. The number of passengers may be increased from Sunday.

Good number of buses were found returning to Gabtoli, Mohakhali and Syedabad bus terminals from different districts of the country with passengers. 

Besides, around 80 launches have reached Sadarghat launch terminal till the noon on Saturday. The launch passengers also found in moderate crowds in the terminal.

At Kamalapur Railway station, a good number of passengers returned from different districts.

On the other hand, ferry services on Shimulia-Kathalbari route were disrupted for two hours from around 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. due to poor navigability in the Padma River causing immense sufferings to night coaches passengers, reports said.

Officials and bus drivers said, 10 small ferries were in operation while more than 300 vehicles waiting on both sides of the river. Besides, 87 launches and several hundred speedboats also transporting passengers there.

Though the official Eid vacation was three days this year, most of the holidaymakers got two days -- Friday and Saturday -- as weekend holidays.

The capital is expected to get back to its usual bustle from Sunday as most of the offices, factories, educational institutions and markets will open on the day. 

The holy Eid-ul-Azha was celebrated in Bangladesh on Wednesday (Aug 22).