• Thursday, Dec 03, 2020
  • Last Update : 03:08 pm

Ferry services, Mongla port activities resumes post cyclone Amphan

  • Published at 04:01 pm May 22nd, 2020
Corona virus-government holiday-Shimulia Ferry Ghat/Mehedi Hasan/DT/April 5 2020
This file photo was taken from Shimulia Ferry on April 5. 2020 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka tribune

Meanwhile, the government on Friday decided to lift the ban on personal vehicles to leave Dhaka for the Eid holidays


Lives and property are on the move as ferry services and cargo transportation at Mongla port resume after cyclone Amphan recently ripped through the country.

Ferry services resumed on the Paturia-Daulatdia route in Manikganj, and the Shimulia-Kathalbari route in Munshiganj on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, the government on Friday decided to lift the ban on personal vehicles to leave Dhaka for the Eid holidays. However, all public transport services still continue to remain suspended.

Although hundreds of cargo trucks have been using the ferry services primarily at night, there weren’t significant traffic congestion at the terminals, report our correspondents.

In Manikganj, all 15 ferries were at the ready on which mostly trucks were seen transporting goods without much hassle on Friday.

Many auto-rickshaws, cars, motorbikes and three-wheelers were also seen using ferry services.

Police have been given verbal instructions by the government to allow personal vehicles, said an on-duty officer, Sub-Inspector Rafiqul Islam Rafi, at the Golra check post on the Dhaka-Aricha Highway in Manikganj.

Zillur Rahman, deputy general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation [BIWTC] Aricha terminal, said ferry services resumed from 11pm on Thursday night following instructions from higher authorities.

He said traffic may go up as time passes.

In Munshiganj, 13 ferries were seen operating at Shimulia terminal on Friday since the ban was lifted.

Cars, microbuses, three-wheelers and motorcycles are getting on the Dhaka-Mawa Expressway using ferry services without much traffic congestion, said Prafulla Chauhan, assistant manager of BIWTC at Shimulia terminal.

Meanwhile, in Bagerhat, loading and unloading of raw materials bound for export in 11 cargo-ships began at the second busiest seaport of Mongla, said Sheikh Fakruddin, harbour master commander of the port authority, reports Bangla Tribune.

As great danger signal number 10 was hoisted before the landfall of the cyclone, port authorities halted the transportation of coal, gas and other raw materials on Wednesday.

Movement and work cycle at the port soon began as usual after the danger signal was lifted on Friday morning and local cautionary signal no 3 was kept hoisted, said the harbour master.

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