23-km tailback on Dhaka-Ctg highway

A 23-kilometre tailback has been created on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway due to heavy rush of vehicles as Eid journey of home-goers began on Friday. The photo is taken from Mugrapara of Sonargaon in Narayanganj on August 17, 2018. Photo: Khalid Bin Nazrul

A 23-kilometre tailback has been created on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway due to heavy rush of vehicles as Eid journey of home-goers began this morning.

The Chittagong-bound vehicles came to a halt for around 20-kilometre on the highway stretching from Kanchpur to Meghna Bridge following Eid rush, our Comilla correspondent reports.

Rashedul Hasan Sabuj, a passenger on a bus of Prince Paribahan, said he boarded the bus from Sayedabad Bus Terminal around 10:00am for Chittagong but he reached at Mugrapara area of Sonargaon in Narayanganj around 12:00pm. 

The photo is taken from Meghna toll plaza. Photo: Khalid Bin Nazrul

Thousands of passengers have been suffering immensely on the highway since the morning as vehicles got standard on the highway, he said.

However, Kaium Ali Sardar, officer-in-charge of Kanchpur Highway Police Station, told our correspondent that the vehicles were moving slowly but there was no tailback on the highway.

Meanwhile, a three-kilometre long tailback was created from Meghna-Gomti toll plaza to Shaheednagar of Comilla’s Daudkandi on the highway, said Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge of Daudkandi Highway Police Station.

The rise in number of vehicles carrying Eid holidaymakers on the highway and huge rush of goods-laden trucks, covered vans, pick-ups and lorries caused the tailback, the OC said.  

Vehicles were moving slowly on the highway for a stretch of around 10-km from Meghna bridge to Meghna-Gomti toll plaza but no tailback was seen in the area, said Alamgir Hossain, in-charge of Bhoberchar Highway Police Station in Munshiganj.

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