As Eid holidays ended, people from different areas of Bhola district are returning to their workplaces, crossing the Megna River in risky small vessels due to transport crisis. This photo was taken from near Bhola-Laxmipur ferry terminal yesterday. Photo: Star
As the Eid vacation ended, people of the district returning to their workplaces are crossing Meghna River in risky small water vessels due to crisis of transportation.
According to BIWTC, a seven-month-long restriction on plying of passenger vessels was imposed from March 15 and so only sea-truck services were allowed on Bhola-Laxmipur route. Among the three sea trucks, ST Khijir-7 was plying from Bhola to Laxmipur, ST Khijir-8 from Barisal to Laxmipur and ST Khijir-5 from Daulatkhan to Alexander of Laxmipur.
Passengers returning to their workplaces crowd Barisal launch terminal yesterday. As there was no room inside the launches, many had to manage space on the roofs, risking their lives. Photo: Star
At this, a large number of Bhola people, who work in Chittagong, Dhaka, Comilla and other south-western districts, had no alternatives to going by risky small water transports like trawlers or engine powered country boats.
Although the sea-trucks doubled their capacities, it was not sufficient to ease the crowd.
Khairul Alam, a passenger who works in Chittagong, said although they came to celebrate the festival with family, the sufferings during the return have spoiled all the joy of Eid. He demanded doubling the services during the ban period.