Manikganj's Paturia ghat has been witnessing a huge rush since Friday morning, as thousands from Dhaka head home to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with their near and dear ones.
However, the number of people and vehicles at the ferry ghat is less than previous years, with several people from the southern and southwestern regions preferring buses plying via Padma Bridge over water vessels.
On the other hand, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) is monitoring the traffic in the ghat area. A total of 20 ferries are currently operating of 21 vessels.
According to Shah Khaled Newaz, deputy general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC), Aricha region, the pressure of passengers has increased since morning.
Around 6,000-7,000 vehicles, including 3,600 bikes, have crossed the Padma river through Paturia ghat in the past 24 hours.
Manikganj superintendent of police Golam Azad Khan said that additional police force has been deployed in the ghat area to maintain law and order. "CCTV cameras have also been set up."