Poor navigability disrupts Shimulia-Kathalbari ferry services

Published: September 22, 2019 11:22:07 | Updated: September 23, 2019 10:45:04

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Poor navigability forced the suspension of ferry services on the Shimulia-Kathalbari route on early Sunday.

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) suspended the services at around 3:00am as it became difficult to operate ferries on the route, said BIWTA Assistant General Manager Nasir Uddin Chowdhury.

He said no ferry could enter the channel due to poor navigability. “Dredging work is underway to restore navigability,” he said.

Mawa Zonal Traffic Inspector Helal Uddin said traffic congestion has increased following the abrupt suspension of ferry services.

According to a UNB report, a large number of vehicles were stranded on both sides.

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