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Imminent lockdown causes traffic surge on Dhaka-Tangail highway

  • Published at 08:46 pm April 13th, 2021
bangabandhu bridge
File Photo of the Bangabandhu Bridge on the Jamuna River

People are seen traveling on trucks, pickup vans, private cars and motorcycles due to lack of public transports on highways

People have been leaving the capital Dhaka since a strict lockdown was announced by the government. The result has been unprecedented traffic on the Bangabandhu Bridge on the Dhaka-Tangail Highway. 

Due to the suspension of long distance public transport, people are traveling on various private vehicles, including trucks, pickup vans, private cars and motorcycles. Occasionally one or two buses were also seen plying on the highway. 

Hygiene is not being maintained as people are traveling in congested manner. They are returning home despite the risk of infection. 

The same scene was observed at various points of the highway till Tuesday afternoon.

On average, about 18,000 to 19,000 vehicles cross Bangabandhu Bridge every day, according to the Bangabandhu Bridge Authority. 

Also read: Heavy traffic at Paturia, Shimulia ghat ahead of weeklong strict lockdown

However, between 6am on Monday and 6am on Tuesday, 31,800 vehicles crossed the bridge, which is about one and a half times more than usual. 

From 6am to around 5:30pm on Tuesday, 15,000 vehicles had already crossed the Bangabandhu Bridge, and more were on the way.

This huge traffic earned the authorities a toll of around Tk2.35 crore during the last 36 hours.

Yeasir Arafat, in-charge of the Elenga Highway police outpost, said there was some congestion on the highway. 

All the buses that were stuck on the highway were going to their respective depots or terminals and these buses could not transport any passengers. 

Police checkposts have been set up at intersections to prevent any passengers from being transported on the highway.

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