Dense fog disrupted ferry services overnight on Mawa-Kewrakandi and Paturia -Daulatdia routes.The services resumed after the fog that reduced visibility to near zero wore off Tuesday morning.
Paturia -Daulatdia route observed disruption in operation for 11 hours from 9pm on Monday and Mawa-Kewrakandi for nine hours from 11pm.
Manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transportation Corporation’s (BIWTC) Daulatdia pier Tanvir Ahmed told bdnews24.com that three ferries were stuck at Daulatdia.
Moreover, ferries Birshreshthha Jahangir and Shah Ali were trapped on the way to Paturia in the mid river, Ahmed added.
Four ferries were marooned at the Paturia pier, its manager Bidyut Kumar said.
“The night coaches were stranded at Mawa pier during the disruption of the ferry service on Monday night,” manager of BIWTC’s Mawa pier, Sirajul Hoque, said.
Long gridlocks developed on the both sides of the route. Ferries Tapul, Ranikhet, Jamuna, Raniganj, Kishori, Karabi were stranded in the middle of the Padma River, he said.
Ferry ‘Language Martyr Barkat’ , loaded with vehicles, also was stuck at the same time, he added.
Thousands of passengers suffered severely overnight for terrible cold in the mid river.
The gridlocks seemed to ease after the fog was gone.