As long as three-kilometre tailback has been created at Daulatdia end along Dhaka-Khulna highway as strong current in Padma river disrupts ferry services between Rajbari district’s Daulatdia and Manikganj’s Paturia.
The level of water in the Padma has increased for the last few days and the strong current is interrupting the ferry services between the two banks of the mighty Padma.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) office at the Daulatdia terminal said the water started increasing in the Padma since Friday. The water level in the river rises 5 centimetre this morning accelerating the velocity of the current.
BIWTA officials said the ferries are moving slowly while two ferries are not operating. As a result the gridlock has been created at the terminal, the officials added.
In a visit to the ferry ghat, Prothom Alo correspondent found that the ferries at the Daulatdia terminal are struggling to anchor at the ghat. The ferries at the 4, 5, and 6 No. ferry ghats are taking additional time than normal.
BIWTC’s Daulatdia office’s assistant manager Mahabub Ali Sardar said, “The water has been surging up for the last three days. Strong current is hampering the operation of the ferries.”