Hundreds of vehicles stranded at Paturia Ghat

Public suffering will increase further as Eid is getting closer, say drivers of buses and trucks

Hundreds of buses, cars and trucks were stranded at Paturia Ghat on Friday due to the onrush of homebound people ahead Eid-ul-Fitr.

A long tailback has been seen on Paturia road since the morning.

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) sources said over 700 vehicles including private vehicles, passenger buses, and trucks were stranded at Paturia Ghat, causing immense suffering to commuters.

Over 500 freight trucks and 200 other vehicles were waiting to get on the ferries.  

Shah Nawaz, deputy general manager (DGM) of BIWTC Aricha Sector, said 17 ferries have been operating on this route as Banalata and Rajnigandha ferries are out of order.

As normal cargo truck crossings will be closed three days before the Eid, they are waiting for the crossing now, he added.

Meanwhile, many of the bus and truck drivers stranded at Paturia said the suffering will increase further as Eid is getting closer.