State minister for shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury on Wednesday said that transport of trucks and covered vans on the ferries would remain suspended for nine days during the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha.
However, movement of trucks carrying essential goods and sacrificial animals, and the plying of launches would continue as usual during Eid following health regulations, he added.
He was addressing an Eid management meeting held at the shipping ministry conference room at the Secretariat in Dhaka on Wednesday.
At the meeting, the state minister said that transport of trucks and covered vans by ferries would remain stopped five days before and three days after Eid, said a press release issued by the ministry.
Movement of all sand-laden bulkheads would also be restricted in the same period, he said.
Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury said that there would be no compromise on health regulations and, if not urgent, he advised people not to travel during Eid.
At the meeting, decisions were also taken to check overloading of vessels, prevent the picking of passengers illegally on the way and preserve identification documents of the cabin passengers.
Mobile courts will be conducted for checking overloading and charging of extra fares, while the dangerous areas on Shimulia-Kawrakandi route will be marked in the river Padma to avoid accidents.
The meeting was attended, among others, by the ministry secretary Mezbah Uddin Chowdhury, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation chairman Khaja Mia, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority chairman commodore Golam Sadeq, Department of Shipping director general commodore Syed Ariful Islam, River Police deputy inspector general Md Atiqul Islam and leaders of launch owners associations.
Meanwhile Bangladesh Road Transport Authority chairman Nur Mohammad Majumder told New Age on Wednesday that they did not get any instruction from the government to impose any ban on public transports during Eid.
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