The city of Dacca was almost back to normal by Thursday (30 December) after the exuberance and the occasional excesses which followed the surrender of Pakistani troops in the former East Pakistan provincial capital on December 16.
The city of Dacca was almost back to normal by Thursday (30 December) after the exuberance and the occasional excesses which followed the surrender of Pakistani troops in the former East Pakistan provincial capital on December 16. Efforts are being made to restore services and many shops have re-opened. Oil supplies are being restored and the self-styled Bangla Desh authorities have taken up the problems of distribution to many war-damaged points.
In an effort to normalise the situation even more, a scheme sponsored by the Indian and Bangla Desh Governments to repatriate the 10 million East Bangali refugees began on Saturday (1 January) with the departure of two special trains from West Bengal to Jessore, 15 miles (24 kms) inside East Pakistan.
SYNOPSIS: The city of Dacca...the former provincial capital of East Pakistan and new the seat of the self-styled Bangla Desh Government. It's new going back to normal and by Thursday many aspects of local life were back in operation.
Banking is one of the fields where efforts are being made to normalise things. The Government has appointed an administrator to deal with branch banks whose headquarters were in West Pakistan. They re-opened Saturday.
The new government's operating out of former East Pakistan Government office buildings. Efforts are being made to set services moving again after the exuberance and the occasional excesses which followed the surrender of Pakistani troops in the city on December 16. The heady feeling of victory is still much in evidence, though. Here, a street vendor sells Bangla Dash victory booklets by singing passages from them.
Almost the only shops that haven't reopened are these belonging to members of non-Bangali minorities, such as the Biharis. There's still some concern for the fate of the Biharis and incidents of violence against them have been reported.
Some essential services are still out of action...like this bomb-damaged petrol station. Many such stations were destroyed in the fighting.
But others weren't touched or have been repaired. It's now a relatively easy matter to got petrol in Dacca...despite an early shortage of fuel in the city
Dacca's fresh vegetable market is now back to normal as well. The variety of goods on sale is growing and the activity in the market is as busy as it was before the war.
With oil supplies coming in from India and the oil companies, the stocks are growing again.
In an effort to normalise things mere, the first refugee train left India on Saturday for Jessore. The repatriation continues until March 15 when it's hoped most will have gone.