Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation will start Eid-ul-Azha special steamer services from today.
The services will continue on Dhaka-Barisal-Dhaka route till August 28.
Under the services, the corporation is scheduled to run six additional vessels up to Khulna along with regular services, said BIWTC deputy general manager Sheikh Md Nasim.
The Eid special vessels—PS Ostrich, PS Masud, PS Turn, PS Lepcha, MV Madhumati and MV Bangali—will carry passengers from Dhaka to Chandpur, Barisal, Jhalakati, Hularhut of Pirojpur, Morrelganj of Bagerhat and Khulna river ports under special schedule.
PS Lepcha and MV Bangali will leave Dhaka river port at 6:00pm and 6:30pm today for Morrelganj and Baro Machhua respectively.
MV Bangali will start from Dhaka on August 20, August 23 and August 26 and from Barisal Steamerghat on August 18, August 22, August 25 and August 28.
PS Lepcha will be operated on August 17 from Baro Machhua, August 20 from Dhaka and August 25 from Hularhut ends.
PS Turn will start from Dhaka on August 19 and from Barisal on August 24.
PS Ostrich will be operated on August 17 and August 20 from Dhaka, August 19 from Morrelganj, and August 25 from Barisal ends.
MV Modhumoti will be operated on August 18, August 21 and August 24 from Dhaka, August 26 from Morrelganj and August 20 and August 23 from Barisal ends.
PS Mahsud will start from Dhaka on August 19, August 22 and August 25 and from Barisal on August 21 and August 24.
Syed Abul Kalam Azad, assistant general manager in charge of BIWTC Barisal station, said that passenger fares on BIWTC carriers would remain the same as regular trips.
BIWTC stations in Barisal and Narayanganj have been asked to provide special tugboats and piloting services and be prepared to face any emergency calls, he added.
During this period, sea-trucks and coastal ships of BIWTC will connect 11 stations of coastal routes under Barisal, Bhola, Lakshmipur, Noakhali, and Chittagong districts.
Additional ferry trips will also be activated on Paturia-Daulatdia, Mawa-Keorakandi, Chandpur-Shariatpur, Bhola-Lakshmipur and Laharhat-Veduria river routes for Eid.
Leave of all officials and employees of BIWTC’s operational sector has been cancelled to ensure hassle-free journey of the Eid holidaymakers, BIWTC officials said.
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