On any weekend, it just takes five minutes to reach Farmgate from Shahbag intersection and vice versa by a car. But it was a bitter experience for the commuters as it took them a staggering 90 minutes to cross the two-kilometre stretch.
Every year the city's traffic system virtually falls apart ahead of Eid. On the 19th day of Ramadan, city dwellers seemed to have come out of their houses on a shopping spree -- leading to huge tailbacks in the most important parts of the capital from noon.
The bus remained almost unmoved due to heavy traffic..
Shoppers park their vehicles in front of the markets, narrowing down the roads. They do not always obey the law, he noted. City dwellers are helpless in this situation. Thousands of people crowd the capital ahead of the Eid for various reasons.
People mainly from the low-income group come here to earn extra income, while many villagers visit the city for Eid shopping. Lot of shoppers could not return home in time to take Iftar. Many were seen breaking their fast at markets and even in buses and auto-rickshaws.
Vehicles were forced to take detours to avoid traffic jams in front of the shopping centres and markets.
Hundreds of cars were seen parked on both sides of the roads in front of the shopping malls and markets, causing further gridlocks on the nearby streets.
Passengers of taxi cabs and CNG-run auto-rickshaws had to count more than double the normal fares.
The cabbies and auto-rickshaw drivers, though, said they could not earn their deposit money even after on the streets for the whole day.