Munshiganj Representative: Launch movement from Shimulia in Munshiganj to Banglabazar and Majhirkandi waterways has been suspended due to fear of Kalbaishakhi storm and rising river; However, ferry traffic is normal.
The launch operation has been suspended from 6 pm on Saturday, said Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Assistant Director. Shahadat Hossain.
The co-port official at Mawa Ghat told bdnews24.com: Miking has also been done in this regard. In the presence of the executive magistrate at the wharf, the launch passengers were dropped off and taken to the ferry. ”
The official also said that the launch operation would be suspended till further notice due to the threat of Kalbaishakhi and the incoming naval warning signal number two on the inland waterway at Shimulia river port.
However, the ferry service is normal, confirmed the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) Assistant General Manager. Shafiqul Islam.
There were 75 launches plying daily from Shimulia on these two waterways. At other times it was moving from 6 am to 8 pm, but due to Eid, it was moving till 10 pm till 15th May. But due to inclement weather, the launch was closed from 9 pm on Friday.
However, the traffic resumed from 8 am. The launches make about 300 trips before closing.
Meanwhile, the ghat authorities said that about 50,000 people have crossed the Padma using this port.