Sunday, 14 August, 2022
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Slow Toll Collection

Long tailback on Mawa-Bhanga Expressway

Long tailback on Mawa-Bhanga Expressway
The collection of toll from vehicles plying the Dhaka-Mawa-Bhanga expressway, officially named Jatir Pita Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Highway, starts on Friday. – Reaz ahmed sumon

A long tailback was created on Dhaka-Mawa-Bhanga Expressway on Friday due to slow collection of tolls from vehicles.

Hundreds of vehicles got stuck in long queues on the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Highway on the first day of the toll collection.

Korean Expressway Corporation started collecting tolls from vehicles on the 55km expressway on Thursday midnight.

Four, out of 10, booths were opened to collect tolls at Bagail Toll Plaza in Bhanga of Faridpur, said Faruk Hossain, in charge of the toll plaza.

As a result, vehicles are taking more time to cross the toll plaza, causing traffic jams, he added.

Angry drivers of buses and trucks were locked in heated arguments with toll collectors, which caused further delay in toll collection.

The activities of toll collection, however, speeded up around 11am after three more booths were opened, said Hamiduddin, officer-in-charge of Bhanga Highway Police Station.

The police officer further said that the traffic situation turned normal around 5pm.

Vehicles waited for a long time in front of Bagail Toll Plaza due to the slow toll collection.

Zakir Hossain, driver of a bus waiting at the toll plaza, said, "I’ve reached Dhaka in one hour and 10 minutes in the last two or three days after Padma Bridge was inaugurated."

“But I’ve got stuck in a traffic jam for more than one and half an hour due to the introduction of toll today,” he added.

Delwar Hossain, deputy manager of the toll plaza, said four, out of 10, booths remained operative. The problem would be resolved soon.