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Proposing to transport half the passengers on the boat, the fare will increase

Increased transmission of coronavirus (Covid-19) has also been proposed to carry half the capacity of the vessel. In this case, a proposal to increase the fare by 60 percent has been sent to the Ministry of Shipping.

A meeting was held between the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) and the ship owners on Wednesday. As per the decision of the meeting, a proposal to increase the fare by 60 percent has been sent to the Ministry of Shipping. Ministry sources said the proposal could be approved and implemented today.

Meanwhile, a meeting was held at the meeting hall of the Shipping Ministry on the occasion of the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr to ensure smooth operation of launches, ferries, steamers and passengers. State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury indicated an increase in fares. He said there is a government directive to transport 50 per cent passengers in public transport. Launch fares will be rescheduled for the corona period.

The state minister for shipping added that the second wave of corona has arrived. You have to follow a little more hygiene than last time. He urged people not to travel without necessity. Calling for compliance with the health rules, the minister said action would be taken as per the law in case of any violation. In case of passenger transport, hygiene rules have to be followed properly.
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Secretary of the Ministry of Shipping Mohammad Mezbah Uddin Chowdhury, Director General of the Department of Shipping Abu Jafar. Jalal Uddin, BIWTA Chairman Commodore Golam Sadeq was present.

It was decided at the meeting to follow the hygiene rules framed by the health department to prevent corona and to ensure the operation of vessels with passengers at other seaports including Sadarghat; Punitive action will be taken against the owner / operator of the launch for charging more than the approved fare of the launch and for taking passengers by boat in the middle of the river; For three days before and after Eid, the crossing of ordinary trucks and covered van ferries will be closed except for the daily necessities and perishable goods trucks; All cargo ships and sand-carrying bulkheads must be stopped at night. The movement of sand-carrying bulkheads will have to be stopped during the day from May 11 to 16; The passengers and cargo of the launch cannot be overloaded in any order. Apart from this, it was further decided that the transport of goods / motorcycles from Sadarghat for five days before Eid will be completely stopped and the transportation of goods / motorcycles from other river ports for five days after Eid will be completely stopped. Speedboat traffic will be closed at night. Passengers need to ensure life jackets during speedboat movement during the day.