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Hard to cross the Padma

Strong currents disrupting ferry services; vehicles in long queue at Daulatdia

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 4 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Hundreds of vehicles were waiting to cross Padma river at Daulatdia ferry ghat in Goalanda upazila of Rajbari district on Friday as the ferry service was disrupted due to strong currents.

As a result, the transports needed to wait a long time to get on the ferry, causing immense sufferings of the drivers and assistants of the goods-ladden trucks.

Long queues of vehicles have been formed from the ferry ghat to Daulatdia Union on the Dhaka-Khulna highway where over 200 vehicles were seen waiting to cross the river in an area of about two kilometers.

To avoid traffic congestion in the area, about 300 indigestible goods-laden trucks have been stopped at a distance of 13.5 km from Goalanda junction of Rajbari-Kushtia regional highway from the ghat to the new road in Kalyanpur area. The drivers and assistants of those trucks were in trouble as there were no restaurants and toilets in the area.

Manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) Daulatdia Ghat branch, Shihab Uddin said there were currently 16 ferries plying on the Daulatdia-Paturia route. Freight trucks are being crossed on a priority basis.

Mentionable, the water level of the Jamuna has been increasing over the last few days and so has that of the Padma, which is causing strong currents in the river.

Besides, the number of vehicles has increased on the route, as ferries are not allowed to carry heavy vehicles on the Shimulia-Banglabazar route.

The authorities have banned the heavy vehicles on the Shimulia-Banglabazar route after ferries hit pillars of the Padma Bridge in several times.