07 Nov 2020 - Source: Global New Light of Myanmar - Ferries are running 22 routes starting from 5 November because of an increasing number of passengers at Pansodan-Dala jetty, according to the Delta Division of Inland Water Transport (IWT).Earlier, Pansodan-Dala ferry line has reduced its operation routes because of the declining number of commuters during the stay-home period, which was set to prevent coronavirus transmission.
Then, the operation of the ferries was also reduced to 16 routes. Currently, people are getting back to their work, and the number of passengers is thus rising. So, the ferry line increases its course to 22.
"Following the COVID-19 resurgence in the region, the drop in the number of ferry commuters made the ferries run less frequently. Now, the government staff and the private companies' employees are getting back to their work after the Thadingyut holiday. So, we have increased the ferry routes to 22 starting from 5 November, said Daw Zin Myo Han, the ticket office manager of Dala Jetty.
During the period of coronavirus transmission, there are only 700 passengers on board on the boats. After the Thadingyut holiday, the number of passengers has risen to around 3,000 daily on the Dala side and around 3,000 on the Pansodan side.
Usually, the boats run 46 times a day. Yangon Pansodan-Dala ferries were earlier packed with nearly 30,000 daily commuters.