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Shimulia-Banglabazar

Heavy vehicles not allowed on ferries

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 11 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Heavy vehicles not allowed on ferries

No ferry will carry heavy vehicles on the Shimulia-Banglabazar route until strong currents of the Padma River come under control.

The Shipping Ministry on Tuesday asked the authorities concerned not to allow heavy passenger and goods-laden vehicles to board ferries on the river channel.

It has taken the decision as three accidents happened within three weeks where ferries hit the Padma Bridge pillars.

“No ferry carrying heavy vehicles will ply the Shimulia-Banglabazar route until the strong currents of the mighty Padma River come under control,” State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury said after a meeting with the BIWTC and BIWTA officials at his office in the capital.

On Monday, Ro-Ro ferry Birshreshtha Jahangir, on the way from Banglabazar ghat in Madaripur to Shimulia ghat in Munshiganj, hit pillar No 10 of the bridge.

On July 23, Ro-Ro ferry Shahjalal struck pillar No 17 of the bridge and on July 20, Ro-Ro ferry Shah Makhdum also collided with its pillar No 16. Only light vehicles (private cars, ambulances and microbuses) can be carried by ferries on the river route to avert accidents during bad weather in the Padma River, the state minister said.

As an alternative, heavy vehicles (passenger and freight) will run on the ferry routes from Paturia in Manikganj to Daulatdia in Rajbari and Harina in Chandpur to Alubazar in Shariatpur, he said.

The ministry also asked the authorities concerned to implement the instruction from Tuesday.