With Eid-ul-Azha only three weeks away, private bus operators will begin selling advance tickets from Friday (August 18).
State-run Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) and Bangladesh Railway are yet to set the date. They might do it today, said officials.
Launch operators usually sell advance cabin tickets mostly over phone. Selling of advance tickets have already started, said a launch owner.
Every year, tens of thousands of people leave the capital to celebrate Eid with near and dear ones at their village homes. However, their journey home always turns bitter largely due to traffic jam, overcharging of ticket and delays in bus and train schedule.
But holidaymakers may suffer in traffic jam if the authorities fail to take quick and necessary steps as some of the major highways have already been witnessing tailbacks, due to pothole-ridden roads and ongoing works, said several bus operators.
Faruk Talukder Sohel, chairman of Bangladesh Bus-Truck Owners Association, told this correspondent yesterday that they would start selling advance tickets from Friday.
Mizanur Rahman, chairman of BRTC, said they have already held a meeting in this regard and the date for selling advance tickets could be known today.
A Bangladesh Railway official said the date for selling train tickets might be fixed today.
ROAD CONDITION A MAJOR CONCERN
A leader of Bangladesh Bus-Truck Owners Association said they are facing huge problems in operating their buses due to a poor condition of roads -- mainly those connected Dhaka with the northern and south-western regions.
“…A trip to a northern district is supposed to take six hours; it is now taking more than 12 hours… We are incurring a huge loss,” he said wishing anonymity.
Another bus owner said they were indecisive whether they will start selling advance tickets ahead of the Eid as they have already been facing serious problems to maintain time schedule.
“The situation will be worse when more buses will hit the street during the holidays,” he said.
Mosharraf Hossain, manager of Gabtoli counter of Hanif Paribahan, said the government should repair the highways on an emergency basis; otherwise it will create chaos on roads during the holidays.
Mentionable, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on August 9 directed the officials of Roads and Highways Department to make all the damaged roads useable and passable within seven to 10 days.
MAHASTHANGARH BRIDGE REPAIR
Vehicular movement on Dhaka-Rangpur highway in Bogra will remain suspended for 14 hours due to repair works on a bridge in Mahasthangarh.
Abu Naser, senior information officer of the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges, yesterday said, “Traffic movement will remain halted from 8:00pm tonight till 10:00am tomorrow [today].”
Emergency service and small vehicles were advised to use the alternative route -- Mahasthangarh Bazaar-Shibganj-Amtoli-Mokamtola road.
Road communications with nine districts in the North Bengal region is likely to be disrupted due to the repair work.