Navigability crisis disrupts vessel movement in Jamuna river | 2018-02-23 |

Navigability crisis disrupts vessel movement in Jamuna river

A Correspondent     23 February, 2018 12:00 AM printer

SIRAJGANJ: The vessel move-ment disrupted due to navigability crisis in the Baghabari river routes under Shajadpur upazila in Sirajganj district.

Urea fertiliser, coal and fuel loaded vessels could not reach the Baghabari river port. Source said that about 130 vessels have been anchored in the Jamuna river in the various point of Goalanda, Paturiya and Daulatdia for last one week due to not digging in time.

Joint secretary of Noujan Shramik Federation of Bangladesh Md. Abdul Wahab Master told the correspondent the navigability crisis has been going on about one month in Jamuna river.

However, Pechacola char, Mollar char, Betary char, Kyitola char and Mahanganj areas of Jamuna river the water level has dropped. As a result, any vessels urea fertiliser, fuel and coal not reach the Baghabari river port from Daulatdia and Paturiya. 

He also said that this situation is going on continuously then the Baghabari river port will be inactive all over the works. Abdus Salam lessee of Baghabari river port told the correspondent that the Baghabari River Port do not dig at certain times.

As a result, the navigability crisis has occurred in the Jamuna river routes. Labour agent Abdul Mojid and Abul Hossain told the correspondent due to the crisis any vessels could not reach the Baghabari port directly for last one month. They also said the about 1200 to 1300 labour are worked in this season every day but now a present time 200 to 250 labour are working in the port areas. When asked about the fuel crisis of their depot due to the vessels could not reach the port then Anoar Hossain Padma Oil Depot manager told the correspondent that there is no crisis all type of fuel and there are available stocked. Md. Abdus Salam, Joint Director BIWTA of Aricha office told that Daulatdia to Baghabari river routes arises the navigability crisis in this time every year.

He also said that at present time there is a depth of 7 to 8 feet of water from Baghabari to Daulatdia river routes. Sajjad Hossain, port officer of Baghabari said that the dig is going on in the river routes and problems would be solved in 3 to 5 days.

Solaiman Hossain in charge of Buffer Warehouse of Baghabari told that the vessels are stayed far away about 45 kilometer from Baghabari river port. From there, they are unloading from vessels through a small boat and come to the port. He also said that fertiliser stock in buffer warehouse is being hampered for this situation.