People leaving Dhaka amid shutdown | The Daily Star
03:25 PM, May 22, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:28 PM, May 22, 2020

People leaving Dhaka amid shutdown

Dhaka-Aricha Highway and Pathuria Ferry Ghat faces huge congestion

People have started leaving the capital for their village homes today for their Eid-ul-Fitr holidays amid the nationwide shutdown enforced to curb the transmission of Covid-19.

Though movements of public transports are restricted, people returning home keep changing vehicles one after another such as rickshaws, pickups, and rickshaw-vans. A huge number of people were seen at Dhaka-Aricha Highway and Pathuria Ferry Ghat, reports our correspondent from the spot.

Akkas Ali, an employee of a shop in Dhaka, is one of many who are returning home.

"I am going to my village home in Rajbari to share the joy of Eid with my family members.  I reached Manikganj by going from rickshaw to van to different vehicles. That's how I plan on going back home," he said.

Jamal Uddin, a private sector job holder, is heading towards his village home in Magura with his family.

"There is no way to stay in Dhaka. The company has stopped providing remuneration since the shutdown was announced and we did not get any Eid bonus," he said, adding that he is leaving Dhaka as he is unable to maintain the living cost here.

Tania Sultana, additional superintendent of police (Shibaloy Circle) said the line of vehicles reached six kilometers long at Pathuria Ferry Ghat as the ferry service remained off for the last two days.

"We let some vehicles cross the ferry as they carried emergency goods. Moreover, we also allow general people as movement of private vehicles were relaxed," she said.

Several check-posts were installed on different parts of the highway so that public buses cannot ply the roads, she added.

Ferry service closed for the last two days due to the super cyclone Amphan and the service was resumed last night.


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