DHAKA, Jan 03, 2017 (BSS) - Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan has said the government has given special importance on modernization of the river communication system considering the socio-economic situation of the country.
"A lot of programmes are underway to check river pollution along with river excavation and river bank protection," the minister said while speaking at an inaugural ceremony of the newly elected executive body of the BIWTC Officers Association at BMA Bhaban here on Monday.
As part of these initiatives, the government plans to introduce
'circular water way' surrounding the Dhaka city through bringing navigability in those rivers that located around the city after carrying out dredging and make it free from pollution.
During the regime of the present government, a total of seventeen ferries have been constructed with a view to make the ferry service self- sufficient, he said, adding that ferry service between Paturia-Kazirhat has been resumed.
Besides this, more new ferry services between Bahadurabad of Jamalpur and Balashighat of Gaibandha and Aricha and Nardah of Pabna will be launched, he said.
With President of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) Officers Association SM Ashiquzzaman in the chair, the inaugural ceremony also was addressed, among others, by Shipping Secretary Ashok Madob Roy, BIWTC Chairman Dr Engr Gayan Ranjan Shil, Director (Administration) M Shahidul Islam, officers Association General Secretary SM Motahar Hossain and Employees Union President M Mohsin Bhuiyan.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)