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Shimulia-Banglabazar Route

Ferry service resumes

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 5 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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The ferry service between Shimulia in Munshiganj and Banglabazar in Madaripur started again on an experimental basis on Monday morning 48 days after the service was suspended due to strong currents in the River Padma.

A small ferry named Kunjolota carrying 12 light vehicles left Shimulia Terminal at 10:55 am on the day. Ferry terminal authorities have said they will continue the service if it goes smoothly.

The currents and water levels in the Padma have reduced a lot, which has prompted the authorities to begin the service.

People of southern part of the country use the Banglabazar-Shimulia route to cross the Padma River to travel to different destinations including Dhaka and Chattogram. Before the suspension, some 18 to 20 ferries used to ply on the busy ferry route.

Due to strong currents in the Padma in last July and August, pillars of the Padma Bridge were hit at least five times by ferries. Consequently, the ferry service on this route was suspended on August 18 to avoid all kinds of accidents. Small traders and passengers who use the route have expressed their satisfaction as the ferry service has started.