Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader asked Roads and Highways Department (RHD) engineers on Wednesday to stay put at their stations during the Eid-ul-Azha holidays to smoothen Eid journeys.
Alongside the risk of Covid-19, the minister termed the non-stop rain and flooding as the newly emerging challenge.
Quader stressed on a coordinated plan to keep the exit-points of Dhaka and Tongi-Gazipur, Kaliakair-Chandra and Nabinagar-Chandra corridors congestion-free during the Eid rush.
The minister gave the directives while addressing the Eid preparatory meeting with RHD top officials through video conference from his residence in Dhaka.
Quader said, "Though the roads and highways are in better condition than in any previous year, incessant rain could damage them." He asked the engineers to get prepared to repair the damaged points instantly with mobile teams.
Noting special monitoring measures for older and risky bridges, he said rain, flooding and Eid trips could damage the infrastructure further at any time.
The minister ordered the RHD to prepare in advance for areas with ready-made garment factories to tackle the additional rush before and after the festival.
RHD Chief Engineer Mohammad Shahriar Hosen presided over the video conference while RHD Additional Chief Engineer Monir Hossain Pathan and RHD zonal additional chief engineers, among others, were present.
It can be noted that the government had already ordered its employees to stay put at their stations during the upcoming Eid holidays to curb the coronavirus spread.