Bangladesh Railway operates special parcel train for agricultural goods

03 May 2020 9:59 AM
Bangladesh railway has started operating special trains to carry agricultural goods and essential items on Dhaka-Chattogram-Dhaka, Dhaka-Dewanganj-Dhaka and Khulna-Dhaka-Khulna routes. The first train started from Chattogram on Friday to bring vegetables, food item and other perishable what to Dhaka. The Dhaka-Chattogram and Dhaka-Dewanganj trains will operate on a daily basis as the Khulna-Dhaka train will run thrice a week.

Freight services between Dhaka and Chattogram have remained suspended from March 29 following the Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Dhaka ran out of space to store the products. Passenger train services have been suspended since March 24 to contain the spread of Corona virus in the united states.

The import export facility with India at the Benapole-Petrapole land port in addition has started operating from Thursday after remaining closed for greater than a month following Corona outbreak.

Inside the meanwhile, Bangladesh reported five more deaths and 552 new cases of Corona infection in the country on Saturday. With this, the full total volume of deaths due to Corona has gone up to 175 while 8790 folks have been infected till now. The first Corona death in Bangladesh was reported on March 18.

The federal government of Bangladesh continued with relief distribution in the united states to mitigate the impact of Corona on poorer sections of society. According to an official handout cited by the state news agency BSS, 4 crore people across the country have received relief assistance till now.

Within a bid to contain the spread of Corona virus in the country, Bangladesh has imposed a countrywide ‘general holiday’ till May 5. All private and government offices except those involved in emergency services as specified by the government, educational institution, malls and other places of public gathering are closed. Public transport including rail, road, waterways and flight services is also closed.

However, the overall holidays are anticipated to be further extended because of the sharp rise in Corona cases in the country. Talking with media in Dhaka today, State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said that government may extend the overall holidays in the united states till May 16 after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approves the proposal.