Ensure safety on waterways during Eid

Published : 02 Apr 2024 09:54 PM

Approximately 22.5 lakh individuals are likely to leave the greater Dhaka area using waterways for the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr holiday. This figure represents only 15 percent of the total number of holidaymakers likely to depart from Dhaka and its surrounding areas, including Gazipur and Narayanganj, according to the Shipping and Communication Reporters Forum (SCRF).

With the holy Eid-ul-Fitr just around the corner, people are set to leave the capital Dhaka to celebrate the festival with their near and dear ones. Many people along with their families will leave for their village homes by waterways within a day or two.

Taking the chance of huge rush, some dishonest and greedy vessel-owners are allegedly getting prepared to operate many unfit, faulty and unregistered water vessels ahead of Eid.

Approximately 22.5 lakh 

individuals are likely to 

leave the greater Dhaka 

area using waterways for

 the upcoming Eid

So, all concerned must remain alert and more cautious during the Eid journey to avoid accidents. The authorities must take measures so that the home-bound passengers can reach their destinations safe and sound during the Eid festival.

The movement of bulkhead cargoes must be stopped in the river routes for five days before and after the Eid. The law enforcement agencies will have to conduct special surveillance on the movement of vessels to ensure safety on the waterways.

They will also have to perform duty at all waterways and terminals. Members of the River police have to oversee that no vessel operates overloaded at high speed.

Besides, homebound people must understand that human life is more valuable than time. The owners and workers of water vessels have to refrain from transporting extra passengers in launches, refraining from transporting passengers in small and defective launches, keeping provision of life jackets, buoys, etc. in proportion to the number of passengers in launches and sailing after knowing the weather forecast.