Star Online Report
The usually jam-packed Mawa Ferry Terminal wore a different look Tuesday as holidaymakers bound for the country’s southern districts do not face any traffic jam at the terminal for crossing the river Padma.
The homebound people are being ferried by 16 including two Ro Ro ferries smoothly a day before the Eid-ul-Azha, reports our Munsiganj correspondent quoting Sirajul Haque, manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) office at Mawa.
The Mawa terminal is one of the two major entry points for 21 southern districts of the country.
The terminal, which usually sees huge traffic during the Eid vacations, was completely jam-free Tuesday as many passengers are preferring speed boats, launches and trawlers to cross the river, Haque said.
This year, toll-free facilities have been introduced for launches to encourage homegoers to board the river vessels and keep the rush on the ferries at the minimum, the manager said.
Moreover, three new ferries are operation this time to take the heavy load of vehicles ahead of the Eid, he added.
The authorities halted goods-laden trucks at Chhanbari in Sriganagar upazila, 10 kilometres away from the ghat, for carrying the homebound people without any hassle, the manager said.
The trucks will be transported at the night when there will be no pressure of vehicles, he added.