The country’s main sea port Chattogram
has decided to close its operations only for one shift during Eid day instead
of four shifts.
The port usually remains shut for all
the four shifts during Eid vacations. Labourers stop working after seeing the
moon and then come back to the office in the morning shift after the Eid day.
The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has
requested all stakeholders to make the move a success.
The authority also sat with all major
The CPA has sent letters asking
cooperation on the move from the BGMEA, Shipping agents, freight forwarders,
customs clearing and forwarding agents, private depots and chamber bodies.
The main objective of the move is to keep the
main port congestion free and to stabilise the market of essential goods after
“Actually the port
will remain shut only from 8:00 am in the morning to 4:00 pm in the afternoon
on the Eid day,” said an official at the traffic department of the port.
He said this would help avoid congestion
at the port.
The port has been experiencing a severe
vessel and container congestion in recent weeks due to the slow delivery of
goods surfaced because of the ongoing lockdown.
But some stakeholders said that
labourers were very much important to keep the port functional; during the Eid
day, they avoid work.
The labourers actually get very limited
holidays as the port activities remain functional round-the-clock -they only
enjoy holidays on May Day, two Eid festivals and Shab-e-Barat.
If there are no labourers on the Eid
day, keeping open the port will not bring any result, added the official of the
port’s traffic department.