Home-going passengers of 21 districts of South and South-western region suffered a lot for several hours at the ferry crossing between Paturia-Daulatdia river channel on Friday. Due to delay of ferrying across the river Padma for the strong current, shortage of necessary ferries and long tailbacks on Dhaka-Paturia highways are the main causes for inflicting sufferings on thousands of homebound Eid holidaymakers.
People heading for south-western districts such as Khulna,Jessore and Barisal were among the worst victims, as they had to wait for hours,first at bus terminals and then at ferry terminals. The delay of ferrying across the river Padma for the heavy current on Paturia-Daulatdia channel created also created a long traffic jam both side of the river Padma at Daulatdia in Rajbari and Paturia in Manikganj district.
There are several thousand vehicles, including passenger coaches, bus, privet cars were remained stranded at Paturia in Manikganj and Daulatdia Terminal. There was a 30 km long tailback with about Buses, Trucks and small vehicles waiting at the ferry crossing until 5.00 pm on Friday, said on duty Traffic Inspector Arafat Rasel at Paturia ghat. Beside, nearly 800 small vehicles, including Private car, Micro bus was trying to reaches Paturia ferry ghat by using alternative route through Uthuli-Rupsha-Nali road but vain.
Similar situation has been prevailing in Daulatdia ferrry Ghat. About 1000 vehicles including Coaches, Bus, Minibus, Privet Car and cattle loaded trucks from different district lined up at Daulatdia inRajbari district.Asnarlup stretching about 10 kilometers was seen there, Mohammed Abu Abdullah, Assistant General Manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at Daulotdia ghat said.