Shipping Ministry prepares Tk 1,137cr project for Paturia- Daulatdia ferry ghat

DHAKA The Ministry of Shipping has prepared a Taka

1,137 crore Development Project Proposal (DPP) to check river erosion at

Daulatdia and Paturia ferry ghats besides protecting the river banks and

improving the standards of passenger services.

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) will implement the

project, under which eight new ferry ghats would be set up alongside river

bank protection work of six kilometers at Daulatdia and river bank protection

work of 2 kilometers at Paturia, said a Shipping Ministry press release.

It said the ghats would be set up at low-water, mid-water and hi-water

levels and additional allocations will be provided for protecting the ghats

at Daulatdia Ferry Ghat area.

This was informed at a meeting at the Shipping Ministry today with State

Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury in the chair.

The meeting formed a five-member committee with Ministry Additional

Secretary Anal Chandra Das as its convenor. The committee will take effective

steps to reach a permanent solution to protect the ghats from erosion at


The other members of the committee are Water Resources Ministry Joint

Secretary M Motahar Hossain and representatives from the IWM, CEGIS and


The BIWTA sought Taka 11 crore additional fund in the current fiscal year

to conduct the river bank protection works at Daulatdia Ferry ghat and

adjacent areas and reconstructing the ferry ghats.

Shipping Secretary M Abdus Samad, Water Resources Ministry Joint Secretary

M Motahar Hossain, BIWTA Chairman Commodore M Mahbub ul Islam, deputy

commissioner of Rajbari Dilshad Begum, deputy commissioner of Manikganj SM

Ferdous, and concerned engineers from the Bangladesh Water Development Board

and BIWTA, were present, among others, in the meeting.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)