Desperate move towards village home risking corona spread

Sun Online Desk

8th May, 2021 12:31:08 PM printer

Desperate move towards village home risking corona spread

City dwellers are making Eid journey causing serious risk of taking corona spread to a new height.

Thousands of people including women and children reached ghats at Paturia and Mawa inviting sufferings as ferry and launch mostly remain suspended.

Crowds in Gabtoli and other bus stands and water transport terminals bear testimony to desperate homebound journey.

TV reports and other sources say BIWTC authorities are trying to strictly follow the government order by not operating ferry and launch.

The homebound people left Dhaka anticipating that they would be able to somehow board launch or ferry despite the government restriction.

In exceptions, some ferries and launches carrying buses and passengers at Mawa point are reported to have crossed Padma river Saturday morning.

Hundreds of ambulances mostly bearing patients are in queue in Ghat waiting to board the ferry.

Many people have hired ambulances to make uninterrupted journey and take advantage while unscrupulous ambulance owners and drivers are carrying Eid passengers to earn money.

Sources said 12,000 people crossed the Padma by three ferries which left Shimulia ghat.

Flouting ban, buses carrying homebound people are moving along Tangail-Sirajganj highway. This route is facilitating journey of passengers of northern region and that of many southern districts.

In a midnight circular, the government authorities concerned have slapped ban on operation of ferry during daytime. Ferries are allowed to make movement at night for carrying goods-laden trucks and vehicles, not passenger buses.

To stem surge in Covid-19, the government came up with restriction to discourage Eid journey.

Bangladesh is strictly enforcing lockdown following second wave of the virus.