People leaving Dhaka in various ways

Publish: 9:12 PM, May 8, 2021 | Update: 9:12:PM, May 8, 2021

Shafiqul Islam
Despite the countrywide ongoing lockdown, homebound people are leaving Dhaka in various ways on the occasion of the upcoming holy Eid-ul-Fitr. Crowds of homebound people have been noticed especially at the jetty of launches and ferries. Despite the lockdown restrictions last Friday and Saturday, people were under pressure to return home all the day. Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) has decided to suspend daily ferry services from Saturday (May 8) for fear of spreading the corona virus infections due to the influx of homebound people.
Nazrul Islam Misha, Public Relations Officer, BIWTC, said the ferry would run only at night for freight traffic on the Paturia-Daulatdia and Shimulia-Banglabazar routes.

He said the decision was taken in line with government guidelines to curb the spread of coronavirus infection, adding that even in the midst of a lockdown, there were huge crowds for crossings on Friday. BIWTC thinks that this will further increase the coronavirus infection. So it was decided to keep the ferry closed during the day. In response to a question, he said, the corpse and very important transport will be crossed in a special system.

Homebound people have crossed the river at both the banks of the river Padma on Friday. Unable to cope with the crowds of passengers, many ferries set off without taking any transportation. This caused a congestion of thousands of goods and private vehicles at Shimulia Ghat.

Due to the closure of inter-district buses, a large number of people from many parts of the country, including Dhaka, reached the jetty by alternative means and boarded the ferry. However, there was a large presence of homebound people at Mawa Ghat in Munshiganj on Saturday morning. As the ferry was closed, people gathered. As the day progresses, the passenger pressure also increases.

BIWTC Assistant General Manager Shafiqul Islam said that the pressure on the ferry has increased since Friday morning as launches and speedboats were closed.