Main Launch terminal in Dhaka city is called Sadarghat. It is located in the southern part of Dhaka, on the river Buriganga. The terminal is most crowded and busy area and main waterways transportation for Dhaka in Bangladesh.
It is Dhaka city’s main approach to the river Buriganga. Originally it was built in the mid 19th century on the east of Ahsan Manzil. BIWTA is the central authority to maintain this launch terminal.
Sadarghat Launch Terminal
One of the largest river ports in the world, Sadarghat Launch Terminal, is located on the River Buriganga in the southern part of Dhaka. More than 50,000 people boarding around 200 large and small launches use the terminal for departure and arrival every day. The localities north of Sadarghat turned into a new city center when the offices of the magistrate and collector and many other agencies gradually moved eastwards to the areas near the terminal in the 1820s according to the official concerned. If anyone wants to make a brief visit to Sadarghat, she/h will see a good number of launches and steamers, commercial transports to country southern parts like Barisal and Patuakhali.
Although it is very chaotic and dynamic river port, the place still attracts the foreign tourists for its glorious past. At the terminal, the most eye soothing scene is playing of hundreds of country boats laden with passengers and merchandise on the river. Many called it the heart of Dhaka as it carries country’s history and culture. But, it is very pathetic that the world’s largest river port has to witness some marine accidents almost every Eid celebration, the biggest religious festival for Muslim. Apart from all this, it is the lifeblood of old part in the capital.