Dhaka – River transport services have resumed more than two hours after the authorities suspended them because of an inclement weather in and around Dhaka as tens of thousands of people were traveling home from the cities ahead of the Eid-al-Fitr, officials said on Sunday.
“We kept the services suspended because of extra precaution,” Disheh Kumar Saha, a spokesman of the Inland Water Transport Authority said adding that the meteorological department has advised them to show cautionary signal number 2 for the river ports.
The services came to a halt at Sadarghat, Mawa, Shimulia-Kathalbari, Paturua and Daulatpur ferry ghats and other river ports after the cloud shadowed the daylight at around 10 am in the morning accompanied with gusty wind and rain.
The authorities allowed all modes of river transports after the situation improve in the noontime, said the spokesman.
Passengers travelling home from Dhaka reported that the suspension of the river-transport caused traffic tailback on major ferry ghats making the national roads more than two hours slower.
“Otherwise the roads are free today,” one passenger, travelling to Barguna by bus, told newxnextbd.com by phone Maksudpur of Gopalganj on his way home.
Dozens of passenger ships left Dhaka in the morning for different destinations to carry the eid holidaymakers home.