Textile engineer Raqibul Huq works at a garment factory in Savar. He had gone to his in-law’s home in Nalibazar, Manikganj, the day before Eid. He did not go to his village home for Eid because of the crowds. Now after spending Eid with his in-laws, he is on his way to his village home. As he boarded the ferry, he found many like him are crossing the river Padma to go home. He said, “At least there are less crowds than before. It is easier going home now.”

Assistant general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC)’s Daulatdia terminal office, Md Firoz Sheikh, said that people who went to the villages for Eid have still not started to return. The terminals will come under pressure probably after two or three days when the people start rushing back to the capital. But many people are still leaving the cities to go home by the Paturia terminal.

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