Ferry problem stalls trucks on Padma banks

Environment Desk, Ashik Khan, Dhaka Office: Alltimenews.com:- Strong currents in River Padma have disrupted ferry services among Shimulia and Kathalbari for the past two days, water shipping officers stated yesterday. Out of 15 ferries, best to a few had been operational on the direction as the other old vessels have been not able to tide across the sturdy modern at Louhajang turning point, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) officers informed.

At least 500 items-weighted down trucks were stranded at Mawa because of the disruption in ferry offerings, they introduced.
Officials stated they had been looking to circulate the ferries via an exchange channel prepared via the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) recently.

“We have created the alternate channel for the easy movement of ferries in view of the river’s unpredictable nature. We don’t see any trouble in the motion of BIWTC ferries via this channel,” stated Saidur Rahman, additional chief engineer (dredging) of the BIWTA.

Rahman additionally said that an emergency assembly may be held between BIWTA and BIWTC on Monday to talk about the scenario.

“Our ferries are actually running thru the BIWTA’s trade channel and the problem will be over soon,” stated BIWTC chairman Mohammed Mafizul Haque.

“Besides, creation materials for Padma Bridge are also inside the river and so the operators need to run their ferries very carefully,” he added. “The situation becomes regular within a couple of days,” stated Khalid Newaz, deputy general manager of BIWTC (Shimulia terminal).

Trucks carrying perishable gadgets have crossed the river easily, he stated, adding that most effective those carrying non-perishable objects have remained stranded at Mawa. “Bus, motors and different automobiles, except vans, have been ferried easily. Trucks too could be ferried from Thursday,” Newaz stated.


Environment Desk, Alltimenews.com