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Staff Correspondent
Some 17 ships laden with fuel oil, fertilizer and other goods got stuck at different shoals in the river Jamuna, between Pecakhola and Maldah areas under Bera upazila of Pabna district.
According to Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) sources, poor navigability on this route in the Jamuna causes disruption to the movement of goods-carrying vessels.
And the number of stuck goods-laden ships is increasing daily, causing a serious setback to regular business and trading.
These goods-laden water vessels are getting stuck everyday from the very outset of the dry season between Pecakhola and Maldah areas while these vessels are either coming from Baghabari port or going there.
Fuel oil, fertilizers and other important goods are being carried to the country’s 16 northern districts through this river route from Daulatdia to Baghabari. Over ninety per cent fuel oil and fertilizer are supplied to the northern regions through Baghabari river port.
On the other hand, various goods including rice, wheat and other items are supplied to capital Dhaka, and other parts of the country through this port.
A drastic fall in the water level in the river route from Mohonganj to Daulatdia point causes disruption to the movement of vessels, said Baghabari port officer. Our Correspondent adds: MV Foysal-8 carrying 850 tonnes of wheat, MV Ibrahim Khalil carrying 610 tonnes of fertilizer, MV Sumaiya, MV Sultana Sanjar and many other goods-laden water vessels have remained stranded.
“Carrying wheat from Chattogram, we are going to Baghabari. But our ship got stuck at the shoal on Monday. Now we are going to unload the wheat through our lighter ship. And later, we will be able to move our ship following unloading,” Jahangir Alam, Master MV Foysal- 8, told reporters.
BIWTA sources said, the goods-laden ships need 10 to 11 feet draft to move in the river, but the depth of the river now stands between 8 to 9 feet. And it may fall to 7 feet within a week, sources said.