As the much-hyped Padma Bridge is expected to open to traffic this June, the government has fixed the toll rate for different types of vehicles for using the bridge.
The Bridges Division under the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges issued a gazette notification on Tuesday in this regard.
A medium-size truck (5-8 tonnes) will have to pay Tk 2,100 for crossing the bridge while medium-size truck (8-11 tonnes) Tk 2,800, truck (upto 3 axles) Tk 5,500, trailer with upto 4 axles Tk 6,000 and trailers with over 4 axles will have to pay additional Tk 1,500 for each axle.
A toll plaza has already been constructed at Shibchar in Madaripur.
The government assigned a joint venture company of Korea Expressway Corporation (KEC) and China Major Bridge Engineering Company Ltd (MBEC) to collect toll for five years in an automated system.
The two-storey 6.15km metal and concrete bridge, joined by 41 spans – each 150 metres long - on 42 piers, will offer road transport to ply on the upper deck and trains on the lower one.
In 2007, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council approved the Padma Bridge project at a cost of Tk 10,162 crore. The total cost of the project was later revised to Tk 301.93 billion.
Once implemented, the bridge will establish a direct road link between the capital and 21 south and southwestern districts while establishing rail connectivity with some districts with no railway facility at present.