The recent hike in
fuel prices has deserted the Daulatdia ferry terminal, which was once packed
The terminal’s ferries and
launches now sit idle as owners are unable to manage enough passengers to
operate their vessels.
They told Dhaka
Tribune that previously they had to run the launches every 20 minutes, but
since the fuel prices have increased, it takes over an hour to get enough
people on board.
However, they also
mentioned that the Daulatdia ferry terminal has been facing this issue since
the Padma Bridge was inaugurated on June
25, resulting in losses for the owners.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), as many as 25 launches
operate on the Daulatdia-Paturia and Aricha-Nagarbari waterways.
Out of that, 17
launches run on Daulatdia-Paturia route.
office Traffic Inspector Aftab Hossain said: “Even though passenger numbers
have decreased, no launch has been removed from the terminals.”