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8 December, 2017 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 7 December, 2017 10:12:41 PM

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Poor navigability plagues Faridpur River Port

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Poor navigability plagues Faridpur River Port

Poor navigability due to lack of dredging and fall in the water level of the Padma river during the dry season leaves the Faridpur River Port almost unused from December to April. Large ships, trawlers and sand-loaded big boats cannot operate and remain anchored at Sadipur and Gadadhar Dangi areas, which are about six to seven km away from the port.

 The additional time and money needed to unload goods from these areas result in huge losses for owners of these vessels, forcing buyers to purchase goods at higher prices.

Explaining the trouble, Nizam Fakir, a cement and sand trader, said: “Big cargoes cannot enter the port and thus small trawlers are used to bring goods to the port. This results in an additional cost of Tk. 7 per bag of cement and per square foot of sand.”

The original name of the Faridpur River Port was C&B Ghat, which was under Decree char union in Faidpur sadar upazila. It was renamed as the Faridpur River Port on August 18, 2015.

The area of the port has been extended up to Tepurakandi in Decree char union to the north and Sadipur mouja in Aliabad union to the south.  No development work was done and no dredging work carried out in this portion of the Padma after it was declared a river port.

The port was first leased out on September 4, 2017. Riaz Ahmed, the owner of Riaz Corporation on Faridpur Station Road, took the port for one-year lease for Tk. 37 Lakh.

The lease holder’s representative, MA Salam, said: “Goods from different parts of the country come to this port. Such goods, including cows, paddy and jute, are transported through this port. Besides, 50 different kinds of goods including cement, sand, coal and rods come here.”

“If the problem is not resolved soon, transportation of goods will suffer greatly, resulting in huge financial losses for everybody,” he added.

Cargo-owners said that a medium-sized cargo requires at least eight-feet depth in the water for movement. However, the depth in this portion of the river has declined to four to five feet.

A cargo belonging to Khan Shipping Company from Chittagong was found anchored at Gadadhar Danhi on November 19. The driver of the cargo, Md. Mostafa, said: “Poor navigability has disrupted our work and we couldn’t unload goods for the past three days. We’re counting losses every day.”

Jafor Sheikh, leader of porters, said: “If the problem is not resolved, goods transportation will suffer and labourers will face a huge problem.”

Md Siddiqur Rahman, senior vice-president of Faridpur Shilpa and Bonik Samity, said: “The port is crucial for businessmen of this region. They won’t bring goods from other ports if the problem persists. If they follow alternative methods, the cost will go up.”

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) deputy director (survey) Ashfakur Rahman said: “The survey work has already started and the dredging will start soon to keep the port operational throughout the year.”

 

 

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