Overcrowing at Shimulia-Banglabazar-Majhikandi routes...

Overcrowing at Shimulia-Banglabazar-Majhikandi routes

 Munshiganj Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 05:25 PM, 28 April 2022   Updated: 05:27 PM, 28 April 2022

Ferry Kunjalata leaves Shimulia ghat for Banglabazar; Photo: Collected

Ferry Kunjalata leaves Shimulia ghat for Banglabazar; Photo: Collected

Eid homebound people have started leaving the capital Dhaka before the holiday on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. Many are rushing to the village before Eid to avoid suffering. Due to this, the crowds have started to increase at Shimulia in Munshiganj, Banglabazar in Madaripur, and Majhikandi in Shariatpur which are known as the gateways of 21 districts in the south-western part of the country.

Passengers in small and big vehicles from different parts of the capital Dhaka have started arriving at Shimulia Ghat on Thursday morning. Later, they crossed the Padma by ferry or launch. As the day progresses, the crowds started to increase. Passengers say “they have to wait a long time at the ghat due to ferries’ crisis”.

With the launch of 24-hour ferries on the Shimulia-Banglabazar route with Shimulia-Majhikandi, the speed of vehicles has increased. 9 ferries are operating during the day and 6 at night. As a result, passengers do not have to wait at night.

It was seen on the spot that there were hundreds of private cars in the parking yard at Shimulia Ghat. However, the number is much less than in the last few days. These private and light vehicles are being crossed by ferry as per the previous instructions. Hundreds of vehicles are waiting in the ghat area despite instructions to ban the pickup-mini-covered van crossing. However, the pressure of private vehicles decreases a lot at 11 am.

Long ques of vehicles waiting to cross Shimulia Ghat in Munshiganj; Photo: Collected

Visiting the launch and speedboat ghat, it was seen that the overcrowding of passengers is continuing. Presence in the ghat has increased several times compared to yesterday.

BIWC Shimulia Ghat Manager (Commerce) Md. Faisal said a total of 9 ferries were plying on the two routes.

BIWTA Shimulia River Port Naval Safety and Traffic Management Department Inspector Md. Solaiman said 5 launches and 3 speedboats increased on Thursday. There are 85 launches and 155 speedboats operating on the Shimulia-Banglabazar and Majhikandi routes.