Monday, August 29, 2011
Eid is round the corner- the biggest religious festival of the Muslims
'Jumatul Wida' (last friday prayer) congregation at Baitul Mukarram, Dhaka
Eid shoppers come out of shopping mall
snake lady for collection
preparation for Eid feast
Tailoring shop in Dhaka- behind the fashionable garments
home goers thru Rayerbazar
Damaged, neck-breaking and run-down highways forcing most people travel by train and launch.
kamalapur rly stn. over crowded trains
no dearth of lateral support- Ten taka p. person for ladder
incredible feat- inching way to rooftop
relief after the climb- survival for the fittest
test of balance and fitness- train snaking through crowded Karwanbazar
happy to be home bound
record number of passengers on rooftop in a single day
on rails of pain and suffering
Roller-coaster ride- Bangladesh style!
patiently waiting for next train
launch terminal at Sadarghat
No room to sit. Risking lives, hundreds took 'dinghies' to board the launches before the vessels reached terminal. Workers syndicate 'Chador Bahini' occupied deck spaces to sell those at high price to passengers. Terminal workers forcibly took their baggage to carry and charged them additional fares.
pic right: Never ending tailback at Golap Shah shrine near Gulistan
launches vie dangerously in their run for extra 'khep' ( trip).
Two ferries stuck in shoal in the river Padma near Kawrakandi causing immense sufferings to over 1000 passengers.
top of ferry boat
mighty Padma at Aricha, Manikganj
Ro-ro ferries move along coast
small passenger launch for inland rivers
fast-moving launch for long distance run
Four-storey Barishal bound launch MV Kalam Khan 300 tons, stuck in Meghna river shoal with 2000 passengers on board, passengers rescued after 14 hours.
already fatigued rescue vessel 'Hamza' bought in 1964 in work- only two such available with 4 divers for over 6000 registered launches plying in 700 inland rivers.
the city sees less congestion and polution.
Parliament bldg. show piece of dhaka?
(Pics of trains and launches picked from national dailies- star, new age, sun, manab jamin, p.alo, jugantor, k.kontho, amardesh)
Posted by Ershad Ahmed at 9:43 PM