LAHORE - The Eid exodus gained momentum from Saturday afternoon, as thousands of home-goers left the city after attending offices and other work on the last working day of the week.

Around four to five millions will continue leaving the city until Thursday dawn to spend Eidul Azha with the families and friends at their hometowns.

As a result, the provincial metropolis will almost present deserted look on Eid and following two to three days.

People who do businesses or working class and belong to nearer cities of Lahore like Gujranwala, Sheikhupura, Narowal, Sialkot, Kasur, etc would leave the City on midnight or early hours of Thursday morning as Eid will be observed on Friday.

Transporters are usually charging extra fare from them as the authorities are nowhere to check them from minting money by taking benefit of the situation. Great rush could be seen at bus terminals, city’s exit and entry points and also the Lahore Railways Station as many prefer to go on trains due to extra rush at the buses.

Although a good number of government employees are still at Lahore, many of them left after taking two to three vacations from their offices. Many employees of federal government offices already left as they enjoy two weekly offs. Those who left Lahore on Saturday and last couple of days were included workers at industrial units, university students, those businessmen whom business is not related to Eid, owners of small hotels and restaurants and labourers.

Pakistan Railways is operating 10 special trains to facilitate the passengers on Eidul Azha at 10 per cent discount in fare. The first three trains will leave Karachi for Lahore, Rawalpindi and Peshawar on September 22. A special train will operate from Lahore to Karachi on September 23 while two each special trains will be operated between Lahore and Rawalpindi and one from Rawalpindi to Multan on September 24.