People, after celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr, have continued to return to the capital braving inclement weather and amid allegations of extra fares.
On the day, ferry services on Shimulia-Kanthalbari route on the River Padma was disrupted for half an hour because of strong current and stormy weather.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority officials said that they had stopped movements of passenger vessels and speed boats between 8:00am to 8:30am across the country because of inclement weather.
Alamgir Kabir, joint director of traffic at BIWTA Dhaka river port office, said that movement of launches at Sadarghat was suspended stopped for about half an hour and added that the number of Dhaka-bound passengers was usual on the day.
New Age correspondent in Munshiganj reported that movements of passenger vessels remained suspended for half an hour but ferries on Shimulia-Kathalbari ferry route did not operate for 45 minutes since 8:00am.
Later, when the ferries resumed their service, they moved on the route slowly throughout the day because of strong current and stormy air on the River Padma, said Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation’s Kathalbari terminal manager Salam Hossian.
Passengers and transport workers said the ferries took extra time crossing the route while BIWTC officials said as the number of Dhaka-bound vehicles were few there was no congestion at the terminal.
New Age correspondent in Shariatpur reported that transport operators were charging extra fares on local and long route buses in the district.
Passengers alleged that they had to pay extra up to Tk 300 on different routes, including Shariatpur-Benapole, Shariatpur-Dhaka, Shariatpur-Mangalmajhi, Shariatpur-Kartikpur and Shariatpur-Nagerpara since three days before the Eid.
Ticket fare of long route bus on Shariatpur-Benapole route was Tk 500 which was increased to Tk 800 and fare of local bus on Shariatpur-Mangalmajhi route was Tk 45 which was increased to Tk 100, they said.
While transport workers claimed that the owners asked them to increase the fare, the owners said they increased the fare as no people were coming back from the capital.
Shariatpur deputy commissioner Kazi Abu Taher said they would take legal action if operators charged extra.
Five additional trains under Eid special service of Bangladesh Railway have been put in service on Dhaka-Dewanganj, Chittagong-Chandpur, Parbatipur-Dhaka and Rajshahi-Dhaka routes.
Crowds of people returning from different districts were seen at Gabtoli, Mohakhali and Saidabad terminals in the city. Launch, train and long-route bus operators said that main rush of return journey would begin on Friday.
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