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ferry ghatBartaBangla Report :: Hundreds of vehicles, including trucks, and passenger buses, take a risky drive everyday to the Ilisha ferry terminal as part of an approach road has been devoured by the River Meghna over the past one month. Sources said 600 metres of the approach road that runs from the main road of the ferry ghat has been affected by the erosion. Locals, traders and ghat users have formed human chain on several occasions demanding repair of the road. But the Water Development Board and the Department of Roads and Highways are yet to take any initiative to repair it. Local Aumitab Aupu, truck drivers Selim, Nurul Amin and ghat supervisor of BIWTA said if the ferry service collapses, communications of 16 southern districts with Dhaka and Chittagong will be hampered seriously and thousands of passengers will suffer. When contacted, Abdul Hekim, executive engineer of WDB, Bhola said they were not the authorities to repair the collapsed road. The Roads and Highways Department should repair the approach road, he added.But Shahin Sarker, the executive engineer of RHD, Bhola, said he has prepared a one crore taka project to repair the road. But the authorities concerned are yet to sanction the money, he added. According to the locals and traders, if the approach road is not repaired immediately, the ferry service may be suspended at any time.

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