Mar 24, 2022 7:19:13 p.m.
March 25, 2022 08:41:02
ST Abdur Rob Serniabat, the first maritime truck on the Narayanganj-Munshiganj route, started operations on Thursday after the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) revoked permission to launch on the route.
The movement of all passenger-carrying launches has remained suspended since Sunday after the launch bound for Munshiganj ML Asraf Uddin, carrying around 50 to 60 passengers, capsized in the river after being hit by the freighter MV Rupshi-9, causing 12 dead so far.
The sea truck started for Munshiganj from Narayanganj terminal at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday when it was supposed to start operating in the morning, BSS reports.
“The decision to start a marine truck service on this route was made to reduce passenger hassle and ensure passenger safety. ST Abdur Rob Serniabat with a capacity of 200 passengers will operate daily from 6 am to evening and the fare has been set at Tk 40 per person. Eventually, the number of sea trucks will increase on the Munshiganj-Narayanganj route,” said Ahmed Shamim Al Raji, Chairman of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC).
“No more sundeck-type launches will be permitted to operate on this route,” said Commodore Golam Sadek, BIWTA President.