Hundreds of vehicles were left stranded on both sides of Shimulia and Kathalbari ferry terminals on Thursday, as ferry service was suspended on the route for five hours after one of the four terminals in Munshiganj was devoured by the mighty Padma River.
Passenger buses, private cars, microbuses and motorbikes were waiting for hours to cross the river, inflicting immense sufferings on commuters.The ferry service, which was stopped at about 7:00 am to avert accident and began at 12:30 pm, is also being severely disrupted due to strong current, BIWTA sources said.
Erosion by the Padma has turned serious in Shimulia. In the span of nine days, two out of the four terminals were washed away by the Padma. In the wee hours of Thursday, Shimulia Ferry Ghat No. 4 was wiped out by the river while the other one on July 28. Ferry Ghat No. 2 is now at risk of being destroyed.
Shafayet Ahmed, manager of Shimulia Terminal of BIWTC, said the erosion started at about 2:30 am and the terminal disappeared by 5:00 am.
Meanwhile, launch services on Paturia-Daulatdia route has resumed after 13 hours of suspension.
The service began around 7:30 am on Thursday, Manager of Paturia Ghat Launch Owners’ Samity Panna Lal Nandi said.
The service was suspended due to inclement weather and strong wave in the Padma River.