Sumon Mahmud, bdnews24.com
Published: 2021-05-15 15:45:39 BdST
Kalim Ullah, a rickshaw puller, said he has earned just Tk 100 after pulling passengers from 6 am to 12 pm. Fatigued by the blazing heat of the sun, he was resting under the shade of a tree in Ramna Park.
“People aren’t leaving their homes on the Eid holidays. We are unfortunate. But what can I do? I’m just resting in the shade of this tree.”
Dhaka’s Minto Road is nearly clear on Saturday, May 15, 2021 the day after Eid.
The streets of Rampura, Bailey Road, Kakrail, Malibagh, Shantinagar, Paltan, Bijoynagar, Gulistan, Fakirerpul, Motijheel, Northsouth Road were all empty on Saturday morning.
The Shahbagh intersection in Dhaka is almost completely clear on Saturday, May 15, 2021, the day after Eid.
All the shops and shopping malls in the capital are closed. Some grocery stores are open, but only a handful of customers come by. In Shantinagar and Malibagh, sellers were seen waiting idly for customers
Shamimur Rahman from Bailey Road came to Shantinagar Bazar to buy vegetables. He said that he, too, could not visit his hometown due to coronavirus, so he had to celebrate Eid at his home in Dhaka.
The number of motorcycle riders without helmets has increased significantly amid a scarcity of traffic constables on Saturday, May 15, 2021, the day after Eid. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi
He said, “I have two kids. They are frustrated too. But what could we do? There is no way to go anywhere in this situation.”
“I left the house to buy some vegetables. Usually, traders sell vegetables from wheelbarrows near the house, but I had to come to the market today, and even that is empty.”
Rickshaw puller Nuru Mia was sleeping on his own three-wheeler. He lives in a slum in Rampura and has been out with his rickshaw since the morning.
“It’s extremely hot at home. I could not sleep at night. It’s so cosy under trees, it’s impossible not to drift off.”
“The people of Dhaka don’t usually leave their homes in the morning, but go outside in the afternoon. That’s what I’m waiting for,” Nuru Mia said.
“It looks like people will start returning to Dhaka in a day or two. We’ll be able to earn more then.”
Police, medical workers, journalists and emergency service works were still at work on the streets.