25 Dec 2020 - Source: Global New Light Of Myanmar - Yangon Pansodan-Dala ferry service increased the schedule times to 34 rounds on 28 December to facilitate the passengers' transport and avoid the unnecessary crowd during rush hour. With the coronavirus cases mounting in Yangon Region, ferry service reduced to 16 rounds during the stay-at-home period. Some workplaces restarted in line with the COVID-19 health guidelines, and consequently, the ferry commuters have risen.
Manager U Kyaw Htoo Aung for the Inland Water Transport (Delta Division) stated that commuters are not regular. We saw a steady uptick in recent days. The current move is aimed to contain the spread of COVID-19 among the commuters. We still do not see the rapid growth of the commuters until now. Starting from 28 December 2020, Dala ferry runs 34 rounds between 5:30 am and 8:30 pm in the weekdays, and it plies the routes for 22 rounds between 6 am and 8 pm every weekend. At present, there are about 7,000 commuters during weekends. In the weekdays, the number of commuters is slowly rising to 11,000. Before the pandemic, the ferry service run 46 times a day. The Yangon Pansodan-Dala ferries were earlier packed with nearly 30,000 daily commuters.
The relevant health departments and philanthropic organizations are raising awareness for COVID-19 at the terminal. The Ministry of Health and Sports has warned the public to follow the COVID-19 guidelines strictly. The Pansodan-Dala ferry is an only transport option for the local people in southern Yangon — Dala, Twantay, Kawhmu, Kungyangon townships to link with commercial hub Yangon. Three ferry boats named Cherry1, 2 and 3 donated by Japan earlier ran 46 times a day for approximately 30,000 commuters. It is one of the crowded places in the city, generating revenues. —Naing Lin Kyaw (Dala) (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)