After being closed for 47 days, ferry services have resumed on Shimulia in Munshiganj and Banglabazar in Madaripur. The ferry Kunjalta left Shimulia for the experimental Banglabazar around 11am on Monday.
This will reduce the suffering of the people of 21 districts in the south. The BIWTC had declared indefinite closure of ferry service on the Shimulia-Banglabazar water route from August 16 due to repeated collisions with the pillars of the Padma Bridge. Due to the closure of ferries on this route, people from 21 districts in the south-west were suffering to come to Dhaka, the capital.
Meanwhile, an initiative was taken to activate the Shimulia-Majhirkandi route by setting up Majhirkandi Ghat in Shariatpur instead of Banglabazar Ghat to avoid collision with the pillars. All preparations are also completed. But due to the naval crisis, it was not possible to operate this route. Later, the Shimulia-Banglabazar route was re-opened.
BIWTC Chairman Syed Mohammad. Tajul Islam said that experimental ferry service has started on Shimulia-Banglabazar route. If there is no problem in movement, it will be decided to operate the ferry normally.