Why were ferry services suspended for 12 hours? | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, October 12, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, October 12, 2018

Editorial

Why were ferry services suspended for 12 hours?

Irresponsible action should have its consequences

This sort of highly irresponsible behaviour can be expected only from callous and careless government functionaries. Without any prior notice, ferry services on the Paturia-Daulatdia route were inexplicably suspended for a period of 12 hours on October 10 at midnight. Thousands of people suffered throughout the night and hundreds of goods-laden vehicles remained stuck at Paturia and Daulatdia ferry terminals. We are informed by an official of the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) that the route was apparently shut down for security reasons, and that this had been done on the instructions of Manikganj police.

Ironically, the Manikganj police, when contacted, refuted this claim. So not only were thousands left in the lurch without any facilities to rest or refresh themselves, we are now witnessing a game of denial being exercised by law enforcers and the BIWTC. Obviously, the order must have come from somewhere and this incident simply goes to show just how little authorities care about people's convenience in this country! Security reasons or otherwise, authorities have to make arrangements for passengers and travellers should such an incident occur where communication needs to be halted. We have no idea what the stranded people went through or what quantity of perishable goods were damaged due to the disruption. It is however a serious matter that needs to be investigated and those responsible must suffer the consequences of their action.

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