One by one, Indian and Bhutanese cargo trucks are crossing the BGB check post and coming to the custom check post. The drivers are getting down there and submitting the documents. Then he is entering the port with a cargo truck. Drivers from India and Bhutan are leaving their vehicles in the port office area. Mixing with Bangladeshi traders, port workers and drivers. Some people are going to have tea again in small hotels and restaurants in the port area.
The scene was seen at the Banglabandha land port in Panchagarh on Tuesday afternoon. In this land port area, Bangladeshi and foreign drivers as well as other people have masks but many of them are stuck in their chins. Someone put it in his pocket. Chats are being held here and there. Locals fear that the entire Panchagarh district could be at risk due to the lack of precautionary measures at the Banglabandha land port, even though coroner infections and mortality rates in neighboring India have risen sharply.
However, the port authorities claim that as soon as a cargo truck enters the country after crossing the Indian border, it is sprayed with disinfectant and drivers are being forced to adhere to strict hygiene rules. Although it was seen at the zero line of Banglabandha land port at 3 pm on Tuesday, no disinfectant was being sprayed on the trucks coming from India.
It is learned that in the crisis of Corona, on March 30 last year, the government stopped the movement of people through immigration at Banglabandha land port. However, even though the tourist visa was closed, students and Indian businessmen from India and Nepal used to travel to India subject to conditions. However, no Bangladeshi could go to India through this port. This time, the government has completely stopped the flow of people through this immigration from Monday due to the increase in the number of infections and deaths in India in the second wave of corona infection.
Indian and Bhutanese goods trucks are stopping at Banglabandha custom check post. The drivers are getting down there and submitting the documents. Then he is entering the port with a cargo truck
Indian and Bhutanese cargo trucks are stopping at Banglabandha Customs Check Post. The drivers are getting down there and submitting the documents. Then he is entering the port with a cargo truck. Photo: Prothom Alo
According to the Immigration Police, 175 citizens of Bangladesh, India and Nepal have entered Bangladesh through Banglabandha Immigration from March 30 to April 25 after the start of this year’s lockdown. Besides, 352 citizens of India and Nepal have gone to India on this route.
According to the port authorities, even though immigration is closed, import and export of goods is going on with Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Bhutan through land ports. Stone, rice and wheat were imported from India, Nepal and Bhutan in 218 trucks through this port yesterday. Besides, soybeans, batteries and other goods were exported from Bangladesh to India, Nepal and Bhutan in 72 trucks on the day. As many as 184 trucks from India, Nepal and Bhutan entered Bangladesh through this port till 3 pm on Tuesday. At the same time, 39 trucks carrying goods from Bangladesh entered India.
The Banglabandha Land Port Limited Authority has instructed the foreign drivers not to get out of the vehicle without urgent need and to unload the goods quickly and return again. At this time to ensure that they wear masks and separate toilets have been arranged for them. Apart from this, they are roaming in the port area with hand washing system and miking is being done not to mix with people.
However, walking around the port area at noon, none of this was seen. Apart from this, no initiative has been taken to spray disinfectants in the cargo vehicles, measure the body temperature of the drivers and sanitize their hands.
We do not allow Indian drivers to enter the port without masks. Miking is being done to comply with their physical distance. But still many are not listening.
Abul Kalam Azad, Incharge, Banglabandha Land Port Limited
Indian truck driver Nowshad Ali, 44, said, “We sprayed disinfectants on the car when we came from India. However, it was not done here after coming to Bangladesh. You have to get down to show other documents including corpus. ‘
A customs official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there were people from the health department here last year. He took care of everyone’s body temperature and other things. This time there is no such system. Everyone is at risk of the situation in India. The employee said, “We have heard that only emergency goods will come. Now I see more stones coming. Considering the people of the area, as well as the country, the hygiene rules should be strictly adhered to here. ‘
A BGB member, who did not want to be named, said disinfectants were sprayed on every truck as soon as goods were brought in from India. However, the boy who sprayed today (Tuesday) is temporarily off because he is a little sick.
Abul Kalam Azad, in-charge of Banglabandha Land Port Limited, said, “We are not allowing Indian drivers to enter the port without masks. Miking is being done to comply with their physical distance. But still many are not listening. We are trying our best to keep them healthy. ‘
Tentulia Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Sohag Chandra Saha said instructions have been issued at the Banglabandha land port, especially for foreign drivers, to be vigilant as infections are on the rise in India. Everyone here has a mask. However, some are keeping it on their chin, some in their pockets and some in their wallets. He is trying his best to follow the hygiene rules including wearing a mask. Earlier on Monday, two Bangladeshi drivers were fined for not following health rules. Besides, John got on the Indian truck and went to the stone quarry