Tens of thousands of people to travel between Dhaka and 21 districts on ferry routes
In an effort to ensure smooth travel during the Eid holidays, the government has taken elaborate measures throughout Bangladesh.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to travel between Dhaka and 21 districts in the country’s southwest region on the Paturia-Daulatdia ferry route.
The home-bound people and holiday-makers will have to pass through the Dhaka-Aricha highway, which leads to both Aricha port and Paturia ferry terminal.
To avoid any untoward incidents on the roads, around 128 CCTV cameras will be installed along the highway, and at least 500 members of law enforcement agencies will be deployed over a 36-km stretch in Manikganj.
Moreover, a three-day ban, before and after Eid, has been imposed on goods-laden trucks. However, vehicles carrying emergency supplies will be allowed to run.
Manikganj district administration has already taken various steps to ensure safer Eid travels. Some 16 large and small size ferries have been operating between Paturia-Daulatdia ferry terminals, with four additional vessels likely to join the fleet.
Executive Engineer of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) Mohammad Enamul Haque Apu said: “Necessary repair works of old ferries are underway to keep them on top form during the holiday rush.”
Meanwhile, BIWTC Area Manager of Aricha office Azmal Hossain said: “A total of 20 ferries are expected to operate during the Eid holidays.”
This year's holiday travel would be smooth and hassle-free, he assured. More than 2,500 vehicles take the ferry route during this time of the year, he added.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Aricha office’s Assistant Director Faridul Islam said some 34 small and medium-sized launches would operate on the Paturia-Daulatdia and Aricha-Kazirhaat routes to ferry people across the river.
In an inter-departmental meeting held on May 9 in Manikganj, headed by Deputy Commissioner SM Ferdous, some 31 decisions were taken to ensure safety measures around Paturia-Daulatdia ferry terminals.
In the meeting, officials emphasized the need to beef up security at launch terminals, crackdown on unscrupulous rent seekers, and ensure maintenance of transport parking, among other issues.
Besides, a decision was taken to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply in the ferry and launch terminal areas and set up a control room.
Speaking on the preparations for Eid, Shibalaya Upazila Nirbahi Officer AFM Firoz Mahmud said a mobile medical team will work in the Paturia ferry terminal area to provide treatment to sick people in case of emergencies.
Besides, construction work on 20 makeshift toilets is well underway in the Paturia terminal area for the benefit of passengers and travellers.
Manikganj District Additional Police Super Mohiuddin Ahmed said the police have also taken measures ahead of the Eid holidays.
A large contingent of traffic police, plainclothes security officials, and other law enforcement personnel will be deployed, he added.
Besides, the Dhaka-Aricha highway will be monitored with some 128 CCTV cameras. From Paturia ferry terminal area, from Zero Point to RCL intersection, there will be 16 CCTV cameras.
There will also be a separate lane for small vehicles from the Shibalaya area. A road divider will be arranged on the other side of Paturia terminal.
Meanwhile, Manikganj Police Superintendent Rifat Rahman Shamim said over 500 members of law enforcement agencies will be deployed along the 36-km stretch of Dhaka-Aricha highway in Manikganj district to ensure the safety of thousands of people travelling through the area.
The district police will not have any shortcomings in ensuring a safe journey for the people during Eid-ul-Fitr, he emphasized.