Ferry services on the Shimulia-Kawarakandi and Daulatdia-Paturia routes in the Padma River were disrupted for over six-hours due to dense fog today.
Ferry services between Shimulia-Kawarakandi resumed this morning after more than six hours of disruption, Sirajul Haque, manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at Shimulia terminal told our Munshiganj correspondent around 8:00am.
Plying of other water vessels also came to a halt around 4:30am due to low visibility, the BIWTC official said.
Eight ferries with a large number of vehicles and passengers were kept anchored in the mid-river, he added.
The BIWTC official said they suspended ferry services and plying of water vessels on the route to avert accident.
Meanwhile, UNB adds: ferry services on the Daulatdia-Paturia route in the Padma river also remained suspended for about five hours till this morning.
Salauddin, manager of BIWTC at Aricha ghat said their ferry services as well as the plying of other water vessels came to a halt at 5:00 am due to thick fog.
Eight ferries with a large number of vehicles and passengers were kept anchored at Daulatdia and five ferries at Paturia.
Besides, three ferries remained stuck in the middle of the Padma River since 5:00 am.
Passengers suffered a lot as a large number of vehicles remained stranded on both terminals of the river.
Hundreds of passengers remained stuck for more than 11 hours after two covered vans collided on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Daudkandi upazila of Comilla early today creating a 30-kilometre long tailback.
The thick fog also added the traffic jams.
A covered van malfunctioned and stopped midway on the Meghna Bridge at Sonargaon around 2:00am, halting traffic on the busy highway, our Daudkandi correspondent reports quoting Jobaidul Alam, officer-in-charge of Daudkandi highway police.