Holidaymakers start leaving capital
UNB: City dwellers, especially the family members of both government and private job holders, started leaving the capital to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with their near and dear ones at their respective villages.
Many have chosen to send their families a bit early to avoid the mad rush of people just ahead of eid. There was a greater crowd than usual at Kamalapur Railway Station as the home-goers were using the railway for their journey fearing traffic snarls and hassles on highways.
Yasin Faruk, officer-in-charge of Kamalapur Government Railway Police Station, said all the trains left the station as per their schedules.
The three-day official Eid holiday begins on August 21 as Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated on Wednesday (August 22).
On August 8, Bangladesh Railway began selling advance train tickets for Eid-ul-Azha. On the day, people collected train tickets for the journey on August 17.
Meanwhile, passengers suffered in tailbacks on Dhaka-Chattogram, Dhaka-Mymensingh and Dhaka-Tangail highways on Friday due to a heavy pressure of vehicles carrying homebound people and cattle ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.