Thousands of passengers and transport workers are facing an ordeal at Daulatdia area in Rajbari as at least 500 transports have got stranded on Friday following disruption of ferry services due to the strong current on the River Padma.
It is reported that the water level of Padma at Daulatdia Point has decreased by 4cm in the last 24 hours, but it is flowing at 45cm above the danger level. As a result, services of launches and ferries are being disrupted in Daulatdia Ghat.
On the other hand, about 200 indigestible freight trucks have been stopped at an area of 2km from Goalanda junction of Rajbari-Kushtia regional highway to Kalyanpur Jame Mosque to reduce traffic congestion at the ferry terminal.
“I was going to Dhaka with goods from Benapole. Traffic police stopped me when I came to Goalanda last night. I got stuck in the serial but did not any ferry till the morning,” said truck driver Akash Sheikh. Talking to the people related to the ghats, it has been learned that it is taking more time to reach the ferry at Daulatdia Ghat due to strong current on the River Padma. On the way from Daulatdia to Paturia Ghat in Manikganj, the current is more or less favourable. As a result, the ferry is reaching the ghat in 20-25 minutes. But problem is happening when ferries coming to Daulatdia from Paturia. It takes more time to go against the current. Besides, most of the ferries on this waterway in particular are much older which is also lingering the problem.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) Daulatdia Ghat Branch Manager Shihab Uddin said, “Vehicles are being crossed by 16 ferries in the current fleet. Due to strong current in the river, the vehicles are stuck at the ghat for a long time.”