‘Faulty’ Bridge over Shitalakshya

Minister fears more accidents

Staff Correspondent

8 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury on Wednesday expressed apprehension that more accidents may take place in the Shitalakshya River for a “faulty” bridge over it.

They would talk to the bridges division of the government about the faulty design of the bridge, he said.

He made the remarks while speaking at a programme marking “Maritime Safety Week-2021” at the secretariat in the capital, three days after a launch “Sabit -Al -Hasan” capsized in the river killing 35 passengers.

The minister said the accident happened, as two pillars of the bridge are very close.

“It’s the busiest and important naval route. The river becomes very narrow here. On top of that two pillars of the bridge make it narrower.”

The state minister also said that they identified 17 low bridges over the circular waterways of Dhaka which were causing problems for the movement of water transport.

“We are working for smooth movement of water transport, but it is very challenging. I have talked to the Prime Minister about the challenges and she assured me of removing the obstacles in phases. It is not possible to solve the entire problem overnight,” Khalid added.

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) filed a case against some unidentified people in connection with the death of 35 passengers.

BIWTA Assistant Director (Traffic and Safety) Babu Lal Vaidya filed the case at Bandar Police Station on Tuesday night.