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Many more leave city as mass exodus continues

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UNB, Dhaka :
The frenzied rush of home-goers reached its peak in the city on Thursday, the last working day before Eid-ul-Fitr as thousands of people headed for their village homes to celebrate the religious festival with their near and dear ones.
Though there was tremendous traffic pressure on roads and highways, there was no report of any tailback as of 7pm unlike previous years.
Huge crowds were seen at all transport terminals and the railway station since morning, while the transport operators were struggling to cope with the rush of the eid passengers.
Many passengers were seen taking risky rides on the rooftops of buses, trains and launches. Transport operators said the mad rush of homebound passengers will continue till Friday night.
Around 18-20 lakh people were expected to leave the capital till midnight since early morning, said Deputy Commissioner (Media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Masudur Rahman.
He said around 25 lakh people, mostly the family members of those working in both government and private offices, have already left the capital since Monday.
He said around 7-8 million city dwellers are expected to leave Dhaka for their respective village homes to celebrate the festival this time.
Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated in the country either on June 16 or June 17 depending on sighting of the Shawwal moon.
Ashis Kumar Dey, general secretary of the National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways, said around 4 lakh people were expected to leave the capital by trains, around 5 lakh by launches,
while other 9-11 lakh by buses and other vehicles till Thursday mid night.
Gabtoli and Saidabad terminals were crowded with the home-goers waiting for hours to catch their transports to reach their destinations.
Most passengers said buses are leaving the capital maintaining schedule till 7pm while the operators said as there was no tailback on the highways.
Since there is a heavy rush of home-goers, many local buses are also carrying passengers to different districts.
Sources at Kamalapur Railway Station said some 39 trains left its platform for various destinations till 4pm on Thursday. Of them, 'Nilsagar' and Silk City got delayed to some extent while the rest left Dhaka almost timely, said assistant manager at Kamalapur Railway Station Nripendra Nath Saha.

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