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Posted - 15 Sep 2022 :  11:23:13  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Bansang-Bush Town ferry in danger for commuters

Sep 14, 2022, 12:30 PM | Article By: Ousman Jallow in CRR

The state of the ferry crossing of Bansang-Bush Town points is bad and thus requires immediate attention, according to observers.

The ferry’s condition is not only a danger to drivers, travelers and business people but most especially referral patients to the region’s main referral hospital – Bansang Hospital, our correspondent says.

The ferry is not only slow but has a big hole in the middle. It is very heavy to pull because it has no machine. Ferry workers and commuters use a rope to pull the ferry to move from one end of the crossing point to the other.

The generator fixed to pull the water out of the ferry goes on and off with the ferry not maintaining balance in the river.

The poor state of the ferry and its slowness has been affecting livelihoods and movement of people of the region for years without any solution by concerned authorities.

Patients on referral from the northern side to Bansang Hospital carried by the ambulance are often carried out of the ambulance and transferred to a peddling boat to cross to the other side of the river because the ferry takes more than an hour to do the 200 meters crossing.

Commuters called on the government to help them immediately remedy the situation in order to save their lives, goods and time.

However, our reporter was threatened by officials on duty when he tried to interview commuters and also take a photo of the ferry. They also threatened to beat him and destroy his property when he published the article.

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.

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Posted - 18 Nov 2022 :  12:35:51  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote

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Bansang-Bush Town ferry nearly sinks

Nov 18, 2022, 9:57 AM | Article By: Ousman Jallow in CRR

The Bansang-Bush Town ferry nearly sank with people, vehicles, goods and services on board.

In September The Point reported that the state of the ferry crossing at the Bansang-Bush Town points was bad and thus requires immediate attention.

Our correspondent reports that the ferry’s condition was not only a danger to drivers, travelers and business people but most especially referral patients to the region’s main hospital – the Bansang Hospital. 

The ferry was not only slow but had a big hole in the middle. The generator fixed to pull the water out of the ferry goes on and off with the ferry not maintaining balance in the river.

The poor state of the ferry and its slowness has been affecting livelihoods and movement of people of the region for years without any solution by concerned authorities.

Patients on referral from the northern side of CRR to Bansang Hospital carried by the ambulance are often carried out of the ambulance and transferred to a paddling boat to cross to the other side of the river because the ferry takes more than an hour to do the 200 meters crossing.

Commuters called on the government to help them remedy the situation in order to save their lives, goods and services.

However, our reporter was threatened by officials on duty when he tried to interview commuters and also take a photo of the ferry. They also threatened to beat him and destroy his property if he published the article.

Despite the danger the ferry poses to lives and properties of people within the area and the publication, authorities never took a step to address the situation.

The ferry’s condition has worsened and poses even more danger to the lives of people of Central River Region.

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.
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