People leave, enter Dhaka with many excuses
The photo, taken on Friday at Aminbazar in Dhaka, shows that thousands of people continue to enter and exit Dhaka on foot as long-distance or inter-district public transport is not allowed. -Sony Ramany
Thousands of people continued to enter and leave Dhaka on foot as long-distance or inter-district public transport was not allowed in Dhaka, putting people in a situation in recent days.
Passengers offer many excuses, including medical emergencies, frequenting workplaces, finding a livelihood, and even visiting relatives.
Only public transport is stopped and stopped at Dhaka entry points. However, people from different backgrounds leave and enter Dhaka on foot, motorbike, minibus, minibus, rickshaw or whatever they can afford.
Passengers say they have no choice but to walk to their destination as the public transport bar forces them to pay fares several times higher when traveling in smaller vehicles and other alternative means of transport.
Habibur Rahman visited his village of Naogaon 10 days ago to attend his father’s funeral and hastily returned to Dhaka on Friday afternoon, as there was speculation the government might impose a ” full stop at any time.
Habibur works as a mason in the Kamrangirchar region of Dhaka and he is one of his family’s livelihoods in the village.
“If the government stops long-distance buses again, it would be difficult for me to reach Dhaka. Without working in Dhaka for a living, my family will experience financial difficulties, ”Habib said.
But the young man’s trip from Naogaon to the capital was not easy because he had to change his means of transport several times and walk for several hours with heavy luggage.
“I started my bus trip from Naogaon on Thursday evening, but the police stopped the bus at the Bangladesh Bridge at midnight saying that no buses would be allowed to enter Dhaka. The passengers had to cross the Jamuna River by trawler and walk for almost an hour before finding an auto-rickshaw. Later I had to change buses twice before reaching Aminbazar de Savar on Friday afternoon. Then I entered Dhaka, ”Habib said.
Dhaka was nearly ‘cordoned off’ as the government on Monday ordered further restrictions on the movement and activities of the public except emergency services in seven districts of Dhaka Division for nine days to contain the outbreak Covid infections, disconnecting road and river communications between the capital and other neighborhoods.
Sixty-year-old Babul Akter had to rush to Dhaka Medical College Hospital with his injured nephew in an ambulance Thursday evening because it was an emergency.
Babul began to worry about his trip back to his village on Friday as he overheard people talking about an impending closure.
He faced a hardship in the Gabtali bus station area as no public bus was leaving Dhaka on the day he set out for his village. Babul, however, noticed that some private cars were taking passengers to the Aricha ferry terminal for Tk500 per person. Helpless Babul had no choice but to get into a car.
He said it usually cost 200 Tk to reach Rajbari from Gabtali, now he would have to pay around 1000 Tk, five times the usual cost.
“Public buses were better because they ran at half capacity, drivers of private cars and rickshaws would crowd too many passengers into their vehicles, which only increased the risk of infection,” he said. Babul declared.
The fate of women and children is worse because they have to walk for hours and change means of transport several times on long-distance journeys.
Rohan, 10, arrived in Gabtali from Kalkini from Madaripur with his family in the afternoon.
Exhausted, Rohan said they had to change vehicles four times and were forced to walk for an hour. “We left our village at dawn and we have not yet arrived home. I didn’t even have lunch, ”he said.
Police officers at checkpoints said the situation worsens during working days as many people work in ready-to-wear factories and other factories in Savar and Ashulia regions, and they have to go to their place of work from Dhaka.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Additional Traffic Commissioner Munibur Rahman said many people travel to and from Dhaka for different purposes.
The police were vigilant at the points of entry and exit to the capital, but many people leave and return to Dhaka for different purposes, but people cross the Aminbazar bridge and then get into different smaller vehicles because the police cannot not be present everywhere.
He said there had been an increase in the number of people leaving the capital as another stop was imminent. The government announced Friday night a closure from Monday.