4 km long traffic jam at Daulatdia ferry terminal

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A traffic jam of four kilometers of vehicles on the Daulatdia – Paturia ferry route was reported on Sunday, October 31, 2021. Dhaka Tribune

Passenger buses waited at least five hours, some vehicles loaded with goods waited three days

Excessive vehicle pressure on the Daulatdia-Paturia ferry route created a four-kilometer traffic jam at the Daulatdia ferry terminal on Sunday.

During a one-off visit to the area, the UNB reporter found at least 400 vehicles – carrying passengers and cargo – waiting to cross a line that started from the terminal’s zero point and extended to the hatcheries. of Bangladesh on the Dhaka-Khulna highway.

In addition, 300 vehicles were seen stranded on the Rajbari-Kushtia regional highway near the Ahladipur region in Goaloudo, awaiting their turn.

Some drivers said buses carrying passengers had to wait at least five hours while some vehicles loaded with goods had waited for three days.


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Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) Director (Commerce) of Daulatdia office, Shihab Uddin, said the capsizing of the Ro-Ro ferry Shah Amanat, the closure of the Banglabazar-Simulia route and a ferry crisis have created a additional pressure from vehicles on the Daulatdia-Paturie Road.

Passenger buses and vehicles carrying perishable goods were allowed to cross on a priority basis, he said.

“Currently, 17 ferries are in service on this route to transport vehicles,” said the BIWTC official.

Jamal, a truck driver coming from Amtali upazila in Barguna, said he reached the Goalondo intersection in the early hours of Friday. About 14 hours later, he was still a kilometer from the terminal.

“I may have to wait four or five more hours in series to cross the Daulatdia-Paturia road,” he said.

Riaz Uddin Sheikh, another truck driver, said he was stuck in the open with his truck at the Goalundo intersection near the Ahladipur region for two days.

“There is no place to eat within two or three kilometers, and no toilets,” he said.


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