The newly built sophisticated passenger ship MV Madhumati on Tuesday set sail after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated it.
The ship, which is 75.50 meters long and 12.50 meters wide, was constructed at a cost of Tk 26.58 crore by Western Marine Shipyard under the supervision of the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) and it is capable of accommodating 750 passengers.
The ship would sail in the route of Dhaka-Chandpur-Barishal-Jhalkathee- Pirozpur-Holarhat-Morelganj-Mangla and Khulna. It needs 31 months to be built.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina flagged the two-storey ship off through a video conference from the Ganabhaban.
According to a statement of the Shipping Mininstry, 'Madhumati' has four VIP family suites for luxury travel while 18 first-class single family suites, 34 first-class double cabins, four first-class single cabins and 42 second-class chair.
The Premier also inaugurated two newly constructed ferries of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation through video conference. These are-language movement hero Golam Maula Ro Ro ferry and Kushumkoli ferry.
During the video conference, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Mohammad Shafiul Haque and secretaries concerned of the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry and Shipping Ministry spoke at the function held at Ganabhaban.