On Monday, 14 ferries, 87 launches, and around 400 speed boats were operating on the Shimulia-Kathalbari river route
There is less pressure on ferries because of launches and speed boats resuming operations on the Shimulia-Kathalbaria route. But commuters are in close proximity to each other at the ferry terminals on the route which may further contribute to the worsening coronavirus situation in the country.
On Monday, 14 ferries, 87 launches, and around 400 speed boats were operating on the Shimulia-Kathalbari river route. Passengers say they are unable to maintain social distancing and have to travel on crowded vessels.
On a visit to the ferry terminal this correspondent found disinfectants being sprayed in speed boats and buses.
However, speed boats were fully loaded with 20 to 30 passengers each, while the buses had passengers below their seating capacity.
Arif Hossain, Shimulia terminal in-charge of bus company Ilish Paribahan, said they were incurring a loss despite the bus fares having been increased.
On Monday afternoon, Md Hilal Uddin, in-charge of Mawa traffic police, said 1,360 vehicles including 266 trucks, went out from Dhaka on the Shimulia-Kathalbari route in the past 24 hours. 2,138 other vehicles made their way to Dhaka on the same route from 21 southern districts of the country.