Repeated ferry collusions with Padma Bridge will be probed: Quader

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today reiterated that the government would probe whether the repeated ferry collusions with the pillars of the Padma Bridge took place due to the incompetence of the ferry masters or those might be acts of sabotage.

He came up with the remark while visiting the Padma Bridge in Maya
area of Munshiganj this afternoon.

Quader, also the Awami League General Secretary, said: “It would be
our mistakes if we avoid the repeated incidents of ferry collusions
with the Padma Bridge thinking those were mere accidents occurred due
to incompetence of their masters.”

  “We have to probe the incidents to know whether there was any
conspiracy or sabotage. I would tell the army (personnel) that the
matter needs to be closely monitored,” he said.

  The minister said the committee concerned will consider relocation
of Shimulia or Banglabazar ferry ghat to avoid such incidents and it
will hold a meeting in this regard this evening.

 Bridges Division Secretary Md Abu Bakr Siddique, Project Director of
Padma Bridge Project Md Shafiqul Islam and Chairman of the Bangladesh
Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Commodore Golam Sadeq, among
others, accompanied the minister during the visit.