Traffic congestion increases at Paturia, Shimulia ferry terminals
Pressure of vehicles increased at both Paturia and Shimulia ferry terminals due to puja vacations coninciding with the weekend.
Around 800 vehicles were waiting to cross the river at Paturia terminal while 300 vehicles were waiting to cross the river at Shimulia terminal.
In Paturia, due to extra traffic pressure, vehicle crossing is being disrupted causing hardship for passengers, reports our Manikganj correspondent.
"Due to the puja break and weekend, there has been an increased pressure of passenger vehicles from the southern part of the country since morning.
"However, considering passengers' sufferings, buses and private vehicles are given priority to board ferries while freight trucks are waiting at the wharf," said Zillur Rahman, deputy general manager (Commerce) of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTA) Aricha Office.
"Even buses and small cars have to wait for around two hours to get on the ferry," he added.
The vehicles going to the southern part of the country started to increase since dawn. More than 300 vehicles were seen waiting to cross the river at Shimulia Ferry Terminal at 1:30 pm today, said Shafayet Ahmed, manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC's) Shimulia terminal, reports our Munshiganj correspondent.
"Only five medium-sized ferries are plying on the Shimulia-Banglabazar route due to which they are struggling to cope up with the traffic.
"As the day progresses, the pressure of the vehicles is increasing. It is taking three-four hours to board the ferry, even after reaching the terminal," he added.