The Bangladesh government on Saturday decided to deploy members of Border Guard Bangladesh at all ferry terminals of the country from Sunday morning.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation chairman Syed Md Tajul Islam told New Age around 10:00pm that the decision was taken as per a government decision.
He said that the decision was taken as the flow of people heading towards their homes in districts did not decrease following ban on ferry services while Indian variant of coronavirus found in the country.
On early Saturday, BIWTC decided that ferries would not move on two major river-routes, Paturia-Daulatdia and Shimulia-Banglabazar, in the river Padma during daytime from Saturday morning to contain spread of Covid infection.
But, thousands of people as well as hundreds of private vehicles, especially those leaving Dhaka and adjacent areas, gathered at the ferry jetties to cross the river to go to their ancestral homes in 21 south and south western districts of the country.
At one stage, BIWTC had to operate a few trips of ferries to allow them to cross the river on humanitarian ground. Health guidelines were, however, seriously violated on the ferries.
BIWTC officials said that the daytime ban on ferry movement was taken in the backdrop of the authorities’ past few days’ observation that there was a huge rush of people and vehicles leaving Dhaka and adjacent areas at the ferry jetties and on ferries largely ignoring health regulations amid the ongoing restrictions.
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