Ferry operations at Paturia-Daulatdia Ferry Terminal resumed this evening only for good-laden vehicles, around eight hours after it was suspended this morning.
"The ferry service on Paturia-Daulatdia route resumed at 7:00pm only for goods-laden vehicles," Zillur Rahman, deputy general manager of BIWTC at Paturia, told The Daily Star.
Operations on the ferry route was suspended at 11:00am to avoid the huge pressure from private cars and homebound people, the official said earlier today.
Meanwhile, operation of Shimulia-Kathalbari Ferry terminal was yet to resume till last reported at 9:00pm.
"We are not sure whether ferry operation on Shimulia-Kathalbari would resume tonight or not," a staff of BIWTC at Kathalbari said.
Operation on Shimulia-Kathalibari route came to a halt at 3:00pm, said Shamsul Abedin, assistant manager of BIWTC at Kathalbari terminal.
Earlier in the day, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation took the decision around 11:00am to suspend ferry services on the Paturia-Daulatdia and Shimulia-Kathalbari routes following a request from the district administration in this regard to contain the spread of coronavirus following large influx of passengers, our Manikganj correspondent reported.
The number of passengers had been rising over the past few days, but it reached its highest point today. Therefore, the district administration directed the ferry officials to suspend operations in order to prevent crowds and spread of Covid-19, ghat officials told The Daily Star.
Rifat Rahman Shamim, superintendent of police in Manikganj, said the movement of people could not be controlled though there is a restriction on public transport movement.
Police yesterday set up a check-post at Golra on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Manikganj to control the movement of people, he said. Despite this, people were heading to Paturia ghat, he added.
Therefore, the administration made a request to BIWTC for suspending ferry services as there is a risk of spreading Covid-19, the police superintendent said.