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Traffic snarls on highways; homebound people, cattle traders suffer
Passengers suffered in tailbacks on Dhaka-Chattogram, Dhaka-Mymensingh and Dhaka-Tangail highways on Friday due to a heavy pressure of vehicles carrying homebound people and cattle ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
According to UNB Cumilla correspondent, a 30-kilometre tailback was created on Dhaka-Chattogram highway from Daudkandi upazila following a road accident, inflicting sufferings on passengers for the 4thconsecutive day.
Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge of Daudkandi Highway Police Station, said a rod-laden truck overturned on the highway in Bhaberchar area of Gozariaupazila in Munshiganj district around 3am, halting vehicular movement on the highway for two hours.
The suspension of the traffic led to a tailback stretching from Amirabad of Daudkanti to Sonargaon Chowrasta in Narayanganj, he said, adding that the rush of homebound people and heavy pressure of cattle-laden vehicles aggravated the situation.
Passengers were suffering for the 4th successive day as the tailback on the highway continued since Tuesday last.
Jahidul Islam, a student of Comilla University who is going to his village home to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with his near and dear ones, said he was stuck in traffic jam in Daudkandi for three hours.
The situation slightly improved in Cumilla portion of the highway in the afternoon.
According to UNB Gazipur correspondent, vehicles were seen moving slowly on Dhaka-Mymensingh and Dhaka-Tangail highways following the rush of homebound people.
Highway police said the number of passenger and good-carrying vehicles started increasing from early morning which created the traffic jam.
A 15-km tailback was created in Tongi, Cherag Ali, College Gate, Gazipura, Borobari, Board Bazar and adjoining areas on the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway.
Overtaking tendency of drivers is also another reason behind the traffic gridlocks, said highway police.
Besides, a 10-km traffic tailback was created from Kharajora to Chandra and adjoining areas on Dhaka-Tangail highway as the number of cattle-laden vehicles has increased on the highway.
Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated across the country on August 22.