Posted on August 25, 2015
As four ro-ro ferries have remained out of operation for two weeks, 14 medium and small ferries transported goods and passengers during this period.
But operations of medium and small ferries are halted sometimes due to navigability crisis and strong current in the mighty River Padma, said Giasuddin Patwary, assistant manager of
The latest disruption hit Shimulia terminal, the gateway to one of the key ferry routes in the country, late on Thursday night and lasted for nearly nine hours before the resumption of services around 10:30am yesterday.
More than 500 transports were stuck on both sides of the
Local sources said a huge number of underwater shoals have formed in the channels of the ferry routes between Mawa and Kawrakandi due to irregular dredging.
He said: “As the authorities concerned do not dredge the riverbed, shoals emerge there that leads suffering to people.”
Rafiq Mia, a resident of Tongibari upazila headquarters, was waiting to cross the river in the morning, said: “I have to visit my sister’s house at
He also said he was trying the cross the river by speedboat which would multiply his travel cost.
Hazera Khatun, a resident of Kayettuli in
But a BIWTA source seeking anonymity told the
“The depth of water in channels should not be below 7.50 feet for smooth operation of ro-ro ferries but it was 6.25 feet over a 100ft area at Louhajang turning point in the Padma River during high tide on Thursday morning,” said BIWTC Marine Officer Md Shahjahan.
Deputy Director of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority SM Ajgar Ali said: “
Officials said only the small ferries are now operating without any element of risk but those will also pose a risk if the depth of water decreases further.