Printed on Sat Oct 01 2022 7:45:27 AM

Rush of homebound people at Shimulia ferry terminal

Staff Correspondent
National
Shimulia ferry terminal
Thousands of people in the south-west have started leaving the capital Dhaka following the announcement of a severe lockdown across the country from next Thursday. On the other hand, people from the south-west are still heading to Dhaka for livelihood. Due to this, gathering of people have been seen at Banglabazar in Madaripur and Shimulia Ghat in Munshiganj since Sunday morning. However, the pressure of the passengers coming from Dhaka is more on this waterway.

This morning it seen that a crowd of people on every ferry leaving from Shimulia. There are more passengers on ferries than freight trucks and private vehicles. These passengers from Dhaka are crowding the ghat terminal and the connecting road. Some of them are riding microbuses, some are using CNG, Mahindra or easybikes and some are riding motorcycles in different districts of the south and west. The number of passengers in the vehicle is more than double the fare. Passengers are being crammed into these vehicles. There is no health problem among the drivers or passengers.

Meanwhile, due to increasing passenger pressure, the vehicles are not able to take load as compared to the demand. As a result, the number of freight trucks and small vehicles is gradually increasing at both the ports.

Iqbal Hossain, a Barisal-bound passenger from Dhaka, said, "It is difficult to stay in Dhaka if there is a severe lockdown. There is no work. Then no one will give you to eat at once. So I went to the village house. If i stay there, it will not cost as much as like Dhaka."

Another passenger from Dhaka, Tariqul Islam, said, "How can we go if the whole country is locked down? The government should also think about this matter. We also have a family. From Dhaka, where the fare to Barisal was 300 taka per person but now it gone up to 1200 to 1300 taka. Suffering on the way. They stopped the bus, but the government was not able to stop the people on the way of going home. Only authority has suffered the general people."

Meanwhile, working people are still running in Dhaka in search of livelihood. In the same way, they have come to the port with extra rent and misery. Mubarak Hossain, a Dhaka-bound passenger from Khulna, said, "I work in a factory in old Dhaka. I was trapped in the Lockdown at my village home a week ago. The bus doesn't leave.

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