Half a crore people have left the capital this year

Empty streets of the capital. (Photo: Collected)

Mifatul and Barat boarded a Nabil Paribahan bus from Gabtali in the capital at 9pm on Monday. The two friends are going to their home in Thakurgaon district this Eid.

On Tuesday (July 20) at around 4.15 pm, the bus carrying them crossed Bogra. They crossed the Bangabandhu Bridge at one o’clock in the afternoon. Not only them, millions of people have left the capital this Eid.

Apart from bus-train-launch from Dhaka, people have gone home from Dhaka and its environs in other vehicles. Their companions were traffic jams, extra rent and various sufferings. Crowds of passengers were out of control at various railway stations including Dhaka’s Kamalapur airport from Tuesday morning. The situation was similar in Sadarghat. There was no health problem among them.

Eid-ul-Azha Wednesday. The procession started from the capital Dhaka on July 15. A large number of people have joined the procession since midnight on July 14, two weeks after the ban was lifted. As a result, the capital Dhaka became empty from noon on Tuesday.

It has been seen that there are crowds at various animal markets and adjoining places including Gabtali, Aftabnagar and Saidnagar in the capital. However, most of the roads in the capital are almost empty. On the previous day, various types of vehicles were running along the roads of Pragati Sarani, Mohakhali and Mirpur.

Meanwhile, a review by the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) based on SIM user data found that more than 2.7 million people left Dhaka between July 15 and 16. It is learned that from July 15 to July 20, at least half a crore people have gone to different districts of the country from Dhaka and its environs.

Osman Ali, general secretary of the Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation, said that apart from buses, trains and launches, half a crore people went home in various vehicles from July 15 to July 20 even though it was less.

He said the restrictions would be relaxed one day after Eid-ul-Azha. One day people will not be able to return to Dhaka and its surrounding areas. Many have gone home on vacation. As a result, they will return to the restrictions. The long-distance bus service will be closed then, according to a government notification. Long-distance bus service is required for at least a week to bring people back to Dhaka.

Earlier this year, due to heavy traffic jam, the bus could not reach its destination on time and return to Dhaka. The bus trip has been reduced. He said the Bangladesh Road Transport Workers’ Federation was proposing to the government to allow long-distance transport to operate subject to hygiene rules, taking into account the plight of passengers and the plight of transport workers.

People are getting six days to go home for these. They are getting one day to return after this. Mozammel Haque Chowdhury, secretary general of the Bangladesh Passengers Welfare Association, has already responded and demanded that if everyone took to the streets in one day to return to work on July 22, there would be traffic jams, congestion, public transport, ferries and crowds at the terminal. Corona infections will increase along with horrific suffering. The result of the restrictions will reach zero.

Factories will be closed from July 23 to August 5. A large part of the homeless are industrial workers. They will not need to return to Dhaka before August 5. Even then, after Eid, those who want to return on July 22, that is, within a day, will not be able to return.


Source: ODHIKAR by www.odhikar.news.

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