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Eid journey: 20km tailback on Dhaka-Tangail highway

  • Published at 10:40 am August 9th, 2019
File photo: A long tailback on the Dhaka-Tangail-Bangabandhu Bridge highway Dhaka Tribune

30,859 vehicles crossed the Bangabandhu Bridge in 24 hours since Thursday, police say

Thousands of Eid-ul-Azha holidaymakers have been stuck on the Dhaka-Tangail highway due to a 20km-long tailback, which extended to Bangabandhu Bridge.

It began taking shape around 4am on Friday and lasted till 8am. However, traffic movement is still sluggish near Rabna bypass towards the Tangail end of the highway.

Police sources said many vehicles had to be removed by tow trucks as both sides of the highway were locked in a traffic congestion.

The presence of big craters on some parts of the highway, caused by heavy rainfall and loaded trucks, also created difficulties for vehicles. As a result, most cars could not pass properly, thus creating the traffic jam.

Senior Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Kamran Hossain, who is in charge of the Bangabandhu Bridge area, told Dhaka Tribune: "Hopefully, the situation of the highway will improve soon." 

He further said there was an increased number of vehicles in the roads due to Eid holidays, adding that some 30,859 vehicles crossed the Bangabandhu Bridge in the 24 hours since 6am on Thursday.