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Special steamer service from Thu

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A Correspondent
Barisal: Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) will start a 13-day special steamer service from Thursday (July 24) from the Dhaka-end on the occasion of upcoming Eid-ul-fitr with five vessels in operation.
The Eid special service of BIWTC vessels along with regular services will continue till August 5, said M A Matin, deputy general manager (commercial, passenger and ferry) of BIWTC.
The Eid-ul-Fitr festival of the Muslim community would be celebrated on July 29 or 30 and the vacation on this occasion will start from July 25.
Barisal and Narayanganj BIWTC stations have been asked to provide special tugboats and piloting services and be prepared to face any emergency calls, the BIWTC official said.
BIWTC sources said five BIWTC vessels, including peddle wheel steamers-- PS Ostrich, PS Lepcha, PS Mahsud and PS Turn-- and screw wheel motor vessel MV Banglaee, have been placed to carry passengers to their respective destinations connecting Chandpur, Barisal, Jhalakathi, Hularhut of Pirojpur and Morelganj of Bagerhat districts under this special schedule.
Every day at least one regular and one special vessel would be placed into service to connect different destinations of the routes for the homebound Eid passengers, said Gopal Chandra Majumdar, assistant general manager BIWTC Barisal.
As per the schedule, PS Mahsud will ply on July 24,27,31 and August 4 from Dhaka and July 26,29 and August 2 from Barisal, PS Ostrich on July 26, 29 and August 3 from Dhaka and July 28, 31 and August 5 from Barisal, PS Turn on July 28, August 1, 5 from Dhaka and July 30 from Barisal and August 3 from Morelganj, PS Lepcha on July 25,30 and August 2 from Dhaka, July 27 from Morelganj and July 27 and August 1, 4 from Barisal, MV Banglaee on July 24,25,26,27,28,31, August 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 from Dhaka and July 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, , August 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 from the Barisal end.
Gopal Chandra Mazumdar said except M V Banglaee all other vessels will also touch Chandpur river port and the passenger fare of BIWTC carriers would remain same on the special trips as the normal trips.
 Except MV Bangalee, tickets for cabin passengers would only be collected from the Dhaka office and for deck passengers from respective stations.
Accordingly, passengers of BIWTC vessels on the 161-kilometer Dhaka-Barisal or Barisal-Dhaka route in a single trip have to pay Tk1050 for one first class cabin seat, Tk630 for one second class cabin seat and Tk170 for each deck seat as compared to Tk.1000-1100 per first class cabin seat (equivalent to second class of steamer), Tk600 per sofa and Tk 230-250 per deck seat of the private launch services on the same route.
Sea trucks and vessel LCT Kajal of BIWTC will connect 11 stations of coastal routes under Barisal, Bhola, Laxmipur, Noakhali and Chittagong districts including Maju Chowdhurir Hut, Manpura, Shashiganj, Ilisha, Charchenga, Boyarchar, Hatiya, Kumira and Guptachhara.
Three coastal ships-- MV Monirul Huq, MV Abdul Matin and MV Baro-Awlia of BIWTC-- will operate under regular and Eid special services to connect different destinations under Hatiya, Sandwip and Chittagong port.
Additional ferry trips would also be activated on the Paturia-Daulatdia, Mawa-Kewrakandi, Chandpur - Shariatpur, Bhola-Lakshmipur and Laharhat-Veduria river routes, BIWTC sources added.