Water bus service is set to be launched in the river Karnaphuli this week to ferry air travellers to Shah Amanat Airport from downtown Chattogram to avoid traffic congestion.
The service also aims to ease traffic congestions on way to airport that causes immense sufferings to residents in the area particularly the office goers every day.
SS Trading and TSD Limited managing director Shabab Hossain said the service would be launched on November 28.
Many passengers miss their flights because of long tailbacks on the roads leading to the airport, he said and hoped this service might alleviate their suffering.
The waterbuses will operate between Sadarghat Water Bus Terminal in the city and Patenga Water Bus Terminal near the airport.
There will be 11 trips a day from 6:55am to 10:00pm.
Upon reaching the Patenga terminal, passengers will be taken to Shah Amanat International Airport by shuttle bus. Each passenger will have to pay Tk 400 for a one-way trip.
Primarily, two water buses would be in operation and two more would be added from next month, he said.
The water bus service would be available for the commuters from morning till evening in coordination with the flight schedule of Shah Amanat International Airport Chattogram.
It would take nearly 22 minutes to go to 10 kilometers from Sadarghat Terminal to Patenga. From Patenga passengers would go to the airport by shuttle bus which would take another 6-7 minutes.
The staff of SS Trading would manage the luggage of passengers.
The air-conditioned waterbuses with WiFi facilities can accommodate 30 people, including 25 seated and five standing passengers. Each waterbus is three feet deep, 37 feet long and 11 feet wide.
It will run 25 nautical miles in an hour.
Luggage will be received at Sadarghat Terminal. Primarily they targeted 10 percent passengers of airport.
Chattogram Port Authority has signed an agreement with Chittagong Dry Dock Limited for operating waterbuses on the route.
The CDDL then gave the contract to SS Trading, an infrastructure company, to operate the service. The contractors have built two waterbuses to go into operation from this week.
Chattogram Port Authority chairman Rear Admiral Zulfiqur Aziz said already they have completed the jetty and ticket counter of the waterbus at port city’s Sadar Ghat area. The two=storey terminal building features ticket counters, rest room, restaurant and parking space.
Booths of flight operators would be set up at Sadarghat Terminal later.
Shabab Hossain said each day more than 5000 vehicles move from and to Shah Amanat International Airport. Not only passengers, their families and drivers also come to see them off.
Besides, thousands of officials and staff of different industries situated near Patenga, EPZ area come to this area for work but due to lack of proper traffic management they face huge sufferings.
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