Dhaka, Bangladesh
Ferry service on Shimulia-Kathalbari route resumes

Ferry service on Shimulia-Kathalbari route resumes

MUNSHIGANJ, Aug 26: TheBangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) has resumed ferry service on Shimulia-Kathalbari route from Sunday morning in a limited form after keeping it suspended for around five and half hours due to poor navigability, reports UNB. The ferry service on the River Padma has beenresumed from 4 am early Sunday in a limited formas water level on the channel went down, said BIWTCAssistant General Manager Khandaker Shah Khaled Newaz. Earlier on Saturday around 10:30 pm the service was suspended on the routeas it became impossible to ply ferries on the route, he added. Meanwhile, several hundred vehicles remained stuck on both sides of the river, creating long tailbacks and causing immense sufferings to hundreds of passengers who were returning to the capital after passing Eid holidays at their village homes. Ro-Ro ferry service was also suspended due to the same reason from Saturday morning. Moreover, plying of launches and speedboats were also remained halted as several dredgers were in operation on the route to ensure the navigability. Meanwhile, since Sunday morning a huge number of passengers crowded at the launch terminal to cross the mighty river as most of them have to attend office on the first working day after the Eid holiday. In this route, a total of 87 launches and 4 hundred speedboats carry passengers.

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