Sheikh Momin, Goalanda (Rajbari): For the first day in a row, long queues of vehicles have formed at the Daulatdia ferry terminal at Rajbari, an important route in the south-west of the country, after strict restrictions were relaxed for 19 days in a row. At that time more than 600 vehicles were seen waiting for the ferry. Passengers and drivers have suffered in this. According to the ghat authorities, the shortage was due to shortage of ferries, strong currents in the Padma and extra passenger pressure. However, as the launch is on, many passengers are getting off the bus and going to Paturia for the launch. From the zero point of the ghat to the 5 km section of the Dhaka-Khulna highway, there are sarees of passenger buses and freight trucks.
Not only that, on the Rajbari-Kushtia regional highway at the Goalanda junction, 13 km from Daulatdia, there are sarees of trucks and covered vans covering an area of about 4 km. The number of cargo trucks is more. Meanwhile, passenger and passenger ferry traffic on the Shimulia-Kathalabari waterway has come to a complete standstill, causing more traffic and passenger congestion on the Daulatia-Paturia waterway than at any other time.
Wasim Khan, a Dhaka-bound passenger, said his office would be open from tomorrow. He went home during Eid when the lockdown was relaxed but did not return to Dhaka as his office was closed due to long lockdown. So he has to return to Dhaka as Lockdown opens his office again. Rimon Sheikh, who works in a private company from Chuadanga, said, “The lockdown has eased, the office is now open so I am returning to Dhaka. Roni Islam, a passenger of the bus from Barisal, said, “I left last night and came to the ghat area.
” However, I have not been able to get on the ferry yet. It seems to take another hour and a half to get on the ferry. I have been stuck in traffic for about 5/6 hours. Kashem Sardar, the truck driver who brought the goods from Benapole, said that he could not get on the ferry at the ferry terminal at 1 am. The bus is also parked with the truck due to the lockdown. It is taking time for the ferry to cross as the current is high in the river. The number of ferries on this waterway needs to be increased.
Md. Jamal Hossain, Manager, Daulatdia Ghat Branch Office, BIWTC, said that the Daulatdia-Paturia route A total of 13 small and large ferries are operating. Ferry traffic is being disrupted due to strong currents in the river. At the same time, as the lockdown has relaxed, the pressure of vehicles has increased a lot. This has caused long traffic jams in the ghat area.