Passenger volume slides half in Pansodan-Dala ferry

A ferry seen near the Pansodan harbour in Yangon.  Photo: Naing Lin Kyaw (Dala)
A ferry seen near the Pansodan harbour in Yangon. Photo: Naing Lin Kyaw (Dala)

“The ferries run 46 times daily at every 20-minute interval. However, the number of passengers has declined by half these days. There are also only a few passengers on board the ferries these days. The crew members are giving priority to the safety of the passengers,” Manager Daw Khin Khin Nu of Yangon Pansodan Jetty said yesterday afternoon. Passenger volume in Pansodan-Dala ferry has significantly declined these days, according to the Delta Division of the Inland Water Transport (IWT).
To prevent the Covid-19 infection, IWT is installing the basins on the ferries for passengers to watch their hands, spraying disinfectants at night, and providing safe and convenient services to the passengers.
The three ‘Cherry’ ferries donated by Japan are operating between Dala and Pansodan jetties, running 46 routes per day. Normally, there are about 30,000 passengers on board the ferries. But now, the number of passengers has declined to 15,000 panicked by infection with the virus, according to the Delta Division under IWT.
The basins are installed at the Pansodan and Dala jetties for the passengers to prevent the spreading of the Covid-19. And, the ferry crew and ticketing clerks are spraying disinfectants on the boats every night. —Naing Lin Kyaw (Dala) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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