Ferry service on the Padma river at Paturia-Daulatdia has been hampered over the last three days due to shortage of ferries.
The crisis arose as three ferries were sent to Narayanganj dockyard for repairing and four others are anchored at floating workshop near Paturia Ghat, said Abdus Sattar, assistant general manager (Marine) of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) in Aricha Regional Office.
The problems doubled the pressure of vehicles at the Paturia and Daulatdia ghats as most of the vehicles of the Shimulia-Kathalbari route are using Paturia-Daulatdia route due to limited ferry service there for navigability issue.
Hundreds of trucks remain stranded at Paturia Ghat in Manikganj and Daulatdia Ghat in Rajbari for the last three days, reports our Manikganj correspondent.
However, passenger and emergency vehicles are being given priority.
More than 300 trucks were seen stranded at the two truck terminals at Paturia Ghat around 1:00 pm and more than 200 trucks were seen lined up on the highway at the Uthli-Paturia junction, about six km away from the Paturia Ghat.
On the other hand, more than 600 trucks were stranded near Daulatdia Ghat in Rajbari around 11:30 am.
Truck driver Joynal, stranded at the Daulatdia end of Rajbari, said, "I came from Jashore at Goalondo junction on Monday afternoon. I'm still here."
BIWTC officer Abdus Sattar said, "Twelve ferries are under operation. We are trying to bring in some ferries from Shimulia-Kathalbari route."