Govt to install CCTV cameras at major river ports: Khalid


SANGSAD BHABAN, Nov 14, 2019 (BSS) – State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury today said the government has taken an initiative to install CCTV cameras in the country’s all major river ports aiming to ensure the security of waterway passengers.

“CCTV cameras have already been installed at Sadarghat terminal in the capital to ensure the security of passengers who travel on different river routes from the terminal,” he said while responding to a starred question placed by Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal lawmaker Shirin Akhter (Feni-1) in Jatiya Sangsad here.

The government has taken initiatives to modernise all the country’s river ports to provide improved services for the waterway passengers, Khalid said, adding that CCTV cameras would be installed at all important river ports gradually.

He said Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) is implementing a project to construct six modern ‘vessel storm shelters’ in accident-prone areas on river routes.

The state minister said necessary measures will be taken to reach weather forecast to every launch within shortest possible time.

He said the government has also planned to disseminate awareness messages to the passengers by installing TV monitors at launches and terminals.

Khalid said naval police, coast guard and other law enforcing agencies have strengthened their surveillance on the river routes to ensure the security of the waterway passengers.