Ferry services on the route were suspended after at least five ferries hit the Padma Bridge pillars between July and August
Ferry services on the Shimulia-Banglabazar route that remained suspended for 47 days resumed Monday morning on a trial basis.
“Ferry ‘Kunjalata’ left Shimulia ghat for Banglabazar at 11am on Monday. The full resumption of ferry services depends on the success of this first journey,” said Shafiqul Islam, assistant general manager of Bangladesh Inland and Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC).
Earlier on August 18, the BIWTC suspended all ferry services on the route for an indefinite period due to strong current in the Padma River.
The decision came after at least five ferries hit the Padma Bridge pillars between July and August this year.Majhirkandi Ghat of Zajira in Shariatpur was prepared on August 26 as an alternative. But it is not possible to operate ferries from this terminal too due to the navigability crisis.
The long suspension of ferry services on the Shimulia-Banglabazar route, the gateway to 21 southern districts of Bangladesh, had an adverse impact on the trade and commerce of the region.
The only mode of communication was small launches or boats which were only available during the day.