Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) has decided to arrange a 13-day long special steamer services adding five new vessels besides the ones on the regular services ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr to ensure safe and comfortable journey of the home-bound passengers.
MA Matin, deputy general manager (commercial and passenger) of BIWTC, told this correspondent that the special steamer services on different river and coastal routes will begin on July 24 and continue until August 5.
BIWTC stations at Barisal and Narayanganj have been asked to provide special tug-boats and piloting services and be prepared for emergency calls, added the BIWTC official.
Sources said, the five new BIWTC vessels-- paddle steamers PS Ostrich, PS Lepcha, PS Mahsud and PS Turn and screw type vessel MV Banglaee-- have been placed to carry the home-bound passengers on Dhaka-Chandpur-Barisal-Jhalakathi-Hularhat-Pirojpur and Morelganj-Bagerhat routes.
Gopal Chandra Majumdar, assistant general manager of BIWTC in Barisal said the vessels would be placed on those routes for operating daily, at least one regular trip and one special trip, from each end to carry the passengers.
PS Mahsud, the first steamer of special services will leave Dhaka for Barisal on July 24.
The passengers of BIWTC vessels will have to pay Tk 1050 for one first class cabin seat, Tk 630 for one second class cabin seat, and Tk 170 for each deck seat on a single trip on 161km long Dhaka-Barisal route.
The fare of private vessels would be Tk 1000 to Tk 1100 for per first class cabin seat, Tk 600 per sofa seat and Tk 230 to Tk 250 per deck seat, added the BIWTC official.