Rush on ferries, highways continue

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Staff Correspondent ## Home-bound people continued leaving Dhaka on Tuesday crowding the ferries and highways amid the ongoing restrictions.

As the Eid-ul-Fitr is approaching, rush of people was seen at ferry terminals and highways since morning.

 

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation resumed its usual ferry services withdrawing its recent ban.

Highways were crowded with buses, cars, auto rickshaws, trucks, pickup vans, motorcycles and pedestrians with bag and baggage.

The exit points of the capital were crowded with home-bound people.

On the day, the number of people leaving capital and adjacent districts, including Gazipur, increased.

New Age Munshiganj correspondent reported that since morning passengers on foot thronged to the Shimulia ferry terminal.

Since morning BIWTC started operating all the ferries to carry the passengers and vehicles.

On early Saturday, the BIWTC had decided that ferries would not operate on the major river routes — Paturia–Daulatdia, Shimulia–Banglabazar and Aricha–Kazirhat — during the daytime from Saturday morning to halt passenger movement in order to contain the spread of Covid-19.

On Monday the corporation backtracked from the decision and started to run ferries as it struggled to handle the pressure of thousands of passengers.

The congestion of people and vehicles in the terminal area reduced following that.

Few hundred goods-laden vehicles and cars were seen stranded in the terminal areas which would be allowed to cross the River Padma gradually, said Shimulia ferry terminal traffic inspector Helal Uddin.

Shimulia terminal manager for commercial Shafayet Ahmed said that they were running all the ferries.

Till 11:00am 11 ferries left the terminal for Banglabazar, he said.

Our Manikganj correspondent also reported that pressure of passengers remained same on the day while all ferries were plying on Paturia -Daulatdia route.

New Age correspondent in Tangail reported that a huge number of buses, trucks, pickup vans, cars and motorcycles with passengers were seen crossing the Dhaka-Tangail-Bangabandhu Bridge highway  on the day.

Inter district buses were also running from Tangail to Sirajganj.

In Gabtoli and Aminbazar areas in the capital, hundreds of people were seen walking to different destinations.