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Decline in Demand

Two ferries transfer to Aricha

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 28 June, 2022 12:00 AM
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Two ferries transfer to Aricha

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Two of the eight ferries plying on Shimulia-Majhirkandi route have transferred to Aricha ferry port on Monday as the number of vehicles has decreased after the opening of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge.

“The two ferries -- Sufia Kamal and Begum Rokeya -- were moved to Aricha route in the morning as there wasn’t too much traffic on Shimulia route,” said Enam Ahmed, the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) in-charge at Majhirkandi port.

The Padma Bridge was opened to traffic at 5:50am on Sunday after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated it on Saturday.

The Shimulia-Majhirkandi route took a deserted look as none of the ferries plying on the route left docks on Sunday due to decrease in the number of vehicles, said sources of the Bangladesh Inland Water       Transport Authority (BIWTA). Launches and speedboats are plying on the route on a limited scale as there was a significant decrease in  the number of passengers there, said Shahadat Hossain, a BIWTA official at the port, on Monday.  

“We couldn’t handle the rush of passengers with 155 speedboats, but only 12 speedboats and eight of the 87 launches left for Majhirkandi and Banglabazar today. And they weren’t filled to capacity,” he said.