More than six hundred goods-laden trucks were stranded at Paturia ferry terminal for over five hours today.
Siddiqure Rahman, traffic inspector at Paturia ghat police control room, said the movement of all public transport was directed to be stopped from this morning to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
So, the passenger buses were given priority to get onboard the ferries till 11:00am, as a result the trucks were stranded on the Paturia side of Padma river, he said.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said on Tuesday that the government had decided to suspend public transports during the nationwide closure from March 26 and April 4.
Our Manikganj correspondent visited the spot and found more than 600 goods-laden trucks stranded at Paturia terminal around 4:00pm today.
The truck drivers said they were facing food crisis as hotels in the area were kept shut.
"Thirteen ferries are operational on the Paturia-Daulatdia route. There is no problem with the ferry service," said Zillur Rahman, deputy general manager (Commerce) at Aricha office of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC).
The launch services have been suspended from Tuesday afternoon as per the government's instructions, he added.
Later, around 9:30pm, all the trucks finally managed to cross to Daulatdia, Traffic Inspector Siddiqure said.