Aricha-Kazirhat Route

Ferry service resumes after 20 years

Staff Correspondent

28 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Ferry service has resumed on the Aricha-Kazirhat river route in Pabna district on Saturday morning after 20 years of its suspension.

State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, inaugurated the route around 11:00 am as the chief guest.

AM Naimur Rahman Durjoy MP, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Chairman Commodore Golam Sadeq, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) Chairman Syed Md Tajul Islam, among others, were present at the programme.

Two ferries --Birshreshtha Matiur Rahman and Begum Rokeya—will be operated on the route.

According to the State Minister, the number of ferries would be increased if the service makes greater demand.

Communications with Dhaka and other northwestern parts of the country will be easier with the operation of ferry services on the route,    

the minister told the journalists adding that people will also be able to easily transport their goods.

Ferry Matiur Rahman left Aricha with 15 trucks loaded with cargoes. Ferry services on the route remained suspended since 2001 due to poor navigability.

The construction work of two ghats on the route has already been completed.

Later, the BIWTA authorities conducted dredging work to reopen the route.