Mawa ferry service disrupted for tenth day

mawaaaIt now takes three to five hours to reach Mawa from Kawrakandi and the rain has multiplied the problems

The lack of ferries able to run against the current disrupted the Mawa-Kawrakandi ferry service for the tenth day yesterday, leaving more than 150 goods-laden trucks stuck at both terminals.

Three ferries, unable to run against the strong current in the river, are now closed, said BIWTC Assistant Manager Shekhar Chandra Roy.

He said 13 ferries out of 16 were operative but could not function smoothly, hampering the whole service.

It now takes three to five hours to reach Mawa from Kawrakandi and the rain has multiplied the problems.

Passengers from 21 southern districts were bearing the brunt of the tailback.

BIWTC sources said all six ferry terminals remain operative, but the problem lies in the lack of ferries robust enough to operate in the face of strong current.

The stream is expected to stay for a couple days more unless the upstream water recedes.

Around 8:45pm on Tuesday, Ro-ro ferry terminal no 3 was destroyed by erosion of Padma river, creating deadlock in the whole ferry service. 46 hours later, it was shifted to terminal no 2, disrupting the general ferry service there.

Terminal no 3 was set up afresh 120 yards away beside the speedboat terminal and was opened for general ferries on Sunday evening.

Loading and unloading of vehicles continues at the new terminal, except those done by Ro-ro ferries.

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