Ferry services on Aricha-Kazirhat route resume after 20yrs
The ferry service on the Aricha- Kazirhat route was resumed on Saturday morning, after around 20 years.
State Minister for Shipping, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, inaugurated the route around 10:30 am as the chief guest.
AM Naimur Rahman Durjoy MP, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Chairman Commodore Golam Sadeq, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) Chairman Syed Md Tajul Islam, among others, were present at the programme.
Two ferries --Birshreshtha Matiur Rahman and Begum Rokeya—will be operated on this route.
"The number of ferries will be increased if the pressure of passengers and vehicles increases in future", the State Minister said.
The Matiur Rahman ferry left Aricha with 15 trucks.
The Aricha-Kazirhat river route will be considered an important link between the northern-western region and Dhaka and heavy vehicles of Bangladesh armed forces as well as vehicles heading to Ruppoor Nuclear Plant will be allowed to cross the river using the ferry services.
Ferry services on the Aricha-Kazirhat route remained suspended since 2001 due to poor navigability. Later, the authorities concerned conducted dredging work to reopen the Aricha-Kazirhat route.