Fares will not increase, remaining an average of 30-50% lower than private water transport operators
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) will start its 13-day special service – without increasing fares – ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr on May 30.
The special service, along with regular services, will continue till June 11, confirmed Sheikh Md Nasim, deputy general manager (commercial/passenger) of BIWTC.
Five steamer vessels for homebound passengers from Dhaka would be available to carry passengers under this special schedule from Dhaka to their respective destinations, connecting Chandpur, Barisal, Jhalakathi, Hularhat port of Pirojpur and Bagerhat’s Morrelganj upazila river ports, he added.
The vessels scheduled for Eid-ul-Fitr special service are: PS (Paddle Steamer) Mahsud, PS Turn, PS Lepcha, MV (Motorized Vessel) Modhumoti and MV Bangali.
According to the announced schedule, PS Turn and MV Modhumoti will leave Dhaka’s river port around 6:30pm and 7pm on May 30 for Morrelganj and Hularhat.
MV Bangali will set sail on May 31, June 3, 5 and 8 from Dhaka; June 4 from Morrelganj; June 1 from Hularhat; and June 7 and 9 from Barisal.
PS Lepcha will ply on June 1, 3 and 8 from Dhaka; June 2 from Morrelganj; and June 4 and 10 from Barisal.
MV Modhumoti will ply on June 1, 2, 4, 6 and 9 from Dhaka; May 31, June 2, 3 and 5 from Hularhat; and June 8 and 11 from Barisal.
PS Turn will set sail on May 30, June 4, and 7 from Dhaka; and June 1, 6, and 9 from Barisal.
PS Mahsud will ply on June 7 and 9 from Dhaka; and June 8 and 10 from Barisal.
Syed Abul Kalam Azad, assistant general manager in-charge of BIWTC Barisal station, said: “BIWTC stations at Barisal and Narayanganj have been asked to provide special tugboats and piloting services, and to be prepared to face any emergency calls.”
The passenger fare for these special trips of by BIWTC carriers would remain the same as regular trips, the BIWTC official further stated.
Accordingly, 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 each deck seat.
This is an average of 30-50% 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 and including Maju Chowdhurir Hat, Manpura, Shashiganj, Ilisha, Charchenga, Boyarchar, Hatiya, Kumira and Guptachhara.
Two coastal ships, 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 May 30 to June 12.
BIWTC waterbus services will make regular journeys from Sadarghat-Badamtali to Gabtal-Sadarghat and Narayanganj-Tongi-Narayanganj routes during Eid holidays.
Additional ferry trips would also be activated on Paturia-Daulatdia, Mawa-Keorakandi, Chandpur-Shariatpur, Bhola-Lakshmipur and Laharhat-Veduria river routes on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, BIWTC sources added.