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14km tailback on Dhaka-Tangail-Bangabandhu Bridge highway

  • Vehicles broke down intensifying traffic
  • Some opted for risky modes of transport
Update : 09 Apr 2024, 12:28 PM

A 14-km long traffic jam has brought the Dhaka-Tangail-Bangabandhu Bridge highway to a standstill, stretching from the Bangabandhu Bridge to Pauli in Kalihati upazila of Tangail.

Police authorities attribute this gridlock to increased traffic volume and several vehicle breakdowns.

The traffic congestion began on Tuesday morning, causing inconvenience to home-bound travellers and vehicle drivers during the Eid season.

In addition to long-distance public transport, motorcycles and private vehicles have also flooded the highway.

Some commuters are resorting to risky modes of travel, such as open trucks, buses, and pickups, to reach their destinations, while others remain stranded for hours in the traffic snarl.

Sources at the Bangabandhu Bridge Toll Plaza reported that 43,427 vehicles crossed the bridge between 12am and 12pm on Monday, collecting Tk3,03,66,850 in toll fees during that period.

Meanwhile, according to the police, a few vehicles broke down on the highway early in the morning and congestion was created due to the pressure of additional vehicles.

Mir Sajedur Rahman, in-charge of the Elenga Highway Police Outpost, mentioned that an accident occurred on the bridge overnight, leading to its temporary closure. This closure heightened traffic pressure, resulting in the jam. However, the situation is gradually returning to normal.

Ahsanul Pavel, executive engineer of the Bangabandhu Bridge Division, explained that 11 vehicles broke down on the bridge after 9pm on Monday, necessitating time-consuming removal procedures. These breakdowns have significantly contributed to the traffic congestion currently experienced on the highway.

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