::People’s Time Online::
The first phase of the Biswa Ijtema, the second Muslim congregation after the holy Hajj, will begin on January 13 at the bank of the Turag River of Tongi in Gazipur.
All the preparation ahead of the Biswa Ijtema is going on full swing as the Biswa Tablig Jammat is organizing 52nd congregation.
“About 70 per cent development works of the Ijtema field have been completed till Thursday evening,” said Mawlana M Gias Uddin, a spokesman of the Ijtema preparation committee. “We hope that cent per cent works including power, gas, water, toilets, bathrooms and loudspeaker installation in the Ijtema ground would be completed within next week,” he said.
The first phase of the Biswa Ijtema will begin on January 13 and it will conclude on January 15 through the ‘Akheri Munajat’.
Then the second phase of the Biswa Ijtema will begin from January 20 after four day interval and it will conclude on January 22.
Muslim devotees from Gazipur, Manikganj, Mymensingh, Tangail, Munshigonj, Gopalganj, Kishoreganj, Rangpur, Syedpur, Rajbari, Shariatpur, Dinajpur, Joypurhat, Lalmonirhat, Bandarban, Rangamati, Khagrachari, Chandpur, B-Baria, Noakhali, Hobiganj, Moulvibazar, Barisal, Naogaon, Pabna, Kustia, Chapainawabganj, Meherpur, Satkhira, Jessore and Bagerhat will participate at the first phase of the Ijtema.
Meanwhile, Deputy General Manager (DGM) of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) M Rafiqul Islam Talukder told BSS that a total of 228 buses would ply on different routes for carrying the Ijtema devotees.
In addition to this, BRTC special bus services also will be plied from January 11 to January 24, he said.
Besides, two control rooms to be installed at BRTC’s head office at Joar Sahara Bus Depot and anyone can correspond with control room through calling the number of 9564361 and 8900655, said the BRTC official.
The Biswa Ijtema has been taking place in Bangladesh since 1967.
The Biswa Ijtema split in two phases from 2011 for the convenience of the Muslims devotees.