Adequate safety measures, no extra fare: BIWTC official
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) will start its 13-day special services ahead of Eid-ul-Azha for homebound holiday passengers, on August 8.
The special services will be launched with five vessels on August 8, and will continue till August 20, said Syed Abul Kalam Azad on Wednesday, assistant general manager in-charge of BIWTC Barisal station.
The special services to carry passengers from Dhaka will include three paddle wheel steamers, the PS Mashud, PS Lepcha, and PS Turn, and two screw wheel motor vessels, the MV Modhumoti and MV Bangali.
Under the special schedule, the respective destinations will be Chandpur, Barisal, Jhalakathi, Hularhat of Pirojpur, and Morolganj of Bagerhat districts, said Azad.
According to the announced schedule, the MV Modhumoti and PS Turn will leave Dhaka’s river port around 6:30pm and 7pm respectively, on August 08.
The PS Turn will also run from Dhaka on August 12, and 16, on August 9 from Baro Machhua of Morolganj, and on August 14 and 18 from Barisal river port.
The MV Modhumoti will launch from Dhaka on August 08, 11, and 15, and from Barisal on August 10, 13, and 17.
The MV Bangali will set sail from Dhaka on August 09, 14, and 18, and from Barisal on August 11, 16, and 20.
The PS Lepcha will operate from Dhaka on August 10 and 17, on August 11 from Baro Machhua, and on August 16 and 19 from Barisal.
The PS Mahsud will run from Dhaka on August 10, 13, and 17, and from Barisal port on August 12, 15, and 17.
Passenger safety and fares
Syed Abul Kalam Azad said: “BIWTC terminals in Barisal and Narayanganj have been asked to provide special tugboats and piloting services, and to be prepared to face any emergency calls.”
The passenger fares for these special vessels will remain the same as normal trips, the BIWTC official added.
A ticket for BIWTC vessels on the 169km Dhaka-Barisal or Barisal-Dhaka routes costs Tk1,050 for one first class cabin seat, Tk630 for one second class cabin seat (equivalent to first class on private launches) and Tk170 for a deck seat.
This is an average 40-80% lower than private water transport operators on this route, the BIWTC Barisal station manager added.
According to BIWTC officials, sea trucks will also be available, covering 11 coastal route stations in Barisal, Bhola, Laxmipur, Noakhali and Chittagong districts, including Maju Chowdhurir Hat, Manpura, Shashiganj, Ilisha, Charchenga, Boyarchar, Hatiya, Kumira and Guptachhara.
Two coastal ships, the MV Monirul Huq and MV Baro-Awlia of BIWTC, will operate passenger services from Chittagong to travel to different destinations in Hatiya and Sandwip from August 8 to 17.
Waterbus services of BIWTC will make regular trips from Sadarghat-Badamtali to Gabtal-Sadarghat, and the Narayanganj-Tongi-Narayanganj route, during the Eid holidays.
Additional ferry trips will also be operating on the Paturia-Daulatdia, Mawa-Keorakandi, Chandpur-Shariatpur, Bhola-Lakshmipur, Laharhat-Veduria, and Lebukhali river routes, for Eid-ul-Azha, BIWTC Chairman Pronoy Kanti Biswas added.