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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Eid travellers allowed to move in private vehicles amid corona crisis

Staff Reporter :
The government has decided to allow holidaymakers to use personal cars and microbuses to leave Dhaka during the Eid holiday despite the coronavirus epidemic.
But all other public transport services will remain suspended during this time.
A verbal instruction regarding the matter was given to police by the government recently.
Knowing it, a large number of holidaymakers gathered at both Paturia-Daulatdia and Mawa-Jazira ferry ghats in their desperate bid to go homes to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr amid coronavirus risk.
Thousands of people thronged the ferry ghat
since morning to cross the mighty river with the resumption of ferry services after two days' halt.
Now, those who have their own transports such as microbuses and private cars can go to their village homes to enjoy Eid, and will not face any obstacles.
The government instructions said that those, who wanted to go to their villages were facing difficulties to travel, would be allowed to use their own mode of transportation.
Deputy Commissioner (Mirpur division) Mostak Ahmed of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) said they had received instructions that anyone could enter or leave Dhaka by, their own transports.
People can also walk to their villages if they wish to do so, DC added.
Besides, there are checkposts to ensure that public transport remains barred and people are discouraged from using freight vehicles as passengers, the DC added.
In the meantime, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Director General Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun also said that people might go to their village homes on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr using "personal" vehicles following health directives.
Meanwhile, at a press conference on Tuesday, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Benazir Ahmed said that people heading for homes were creating obstacles at ferry terminals and steps would be taken to bring them back to Dhaka.
On March 26, the government shut down public transport services, and a countrywide "general holiday" was declared to contain Covid-19 outbreak.