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10 July, 2022, 06:50 pm

Last modified: 10 July, 2022, 06:55 pm

Tk11 crore in toll collected on Padma Bridge in three days

The authorities of Padma Bridge collected Tk10,97,9,600 in toll as some 74,222 vehicles crossed the bridge in three days before Eid. 

Bangladesh Bridge Authorities unveiled the information on Sunday (10 July).

On Thursday, 22,703 vehicles crossed Padma Bridge contributing more than Tk3.16 crore to the government exchequer. 

The authorities collected over Tk4.19 crore in toll from 31,723 vehicles on Friday, which is the highest since its opening to traffic on 26 July.

Also, over Tk2.73 crore was collected in toll the day before Eid (9 July) with 19,796 vehicles having used the bridge on the day. 

In the last three days, 44,575 vehicles crossed the bridge from Mawa end and 29,647 vehicles from Zajira end.

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10 July, 2022, 05:35 pm

Last modified: 10 July, 2022, 06:17 pm

Over Tk9 crore in toll collected on Bangabandhu Bridge in three days

The Bangabandhu Bridge authorities collected more than Tk9 crore in toll from 120,350 vehicles that crossed the bridge in three days before Eid-ul-Azha.

Since its opening to traffic in 1998, the highest Tk3.34 crore in toll was collected in  24 hours from 12am Thursday to 12am Friday.

Although 13,000-14,000 vehicles cross the bridge in normal times, the number was 43,595 on the day (7 July).

Besides, 41,817 vehicles crossed the bridge on Friday, contributing Tk3.09 to the government exchequer.

The amount of toll collected on Saturday was over Tk2.75 crore, with 34,938 vehicles having used the bridge the day before Eid.

Ahsan Masud Bappi, executive engineer at the Bangabandhu Bridge site office, said traffic pressure started decreasing from Saturday night.

The number of vehicles crossing the bridge on Sunday was much lower than usual, he added.

The tolls were collected from 11 booths on the east end of the bridge and nine booths on the west end.

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৬ লেন হবে ঢাকা-চট্টগ্রাম মহাসড়ক, দায়িত্ব পেয়েছেন সড়ক সচিব

নিজস্ব প্রতিবেদক

১২ জুলাই ২০২২, ০২:৩৬ পিএম

ঢাকা-চট্টগ্রাম মহাসড়ক চার লেন থেকে ছয় লেনে উন্নীত হবে। এ বিষয়ে কাজ করতে সড়ক ও মহাসড়ক বিভাগের সচিবকে দায়িত্ব দেওয়া হয়েছে বলে জানিয়েছেন সড়ক পরিবহন ও সেতুমন্ত্রী এবং আওয়ামী লীগের সাধারণ সম্পাদক ওবায়দুল কাদের।

মঙ্গলবার (১২ জুলাই) সচিবালয়ে সড়ক পরিবহন ও মহাসড়ক বিভাগের সভাকক্ষে ঈদ পরবর্তী শুভেচ্ছা বিনিময়ের সময় তিনি এ কথা বলেন। 

মন্ত্রী বলেন, ঢাকা-চট্টগ্রাম মহাসড়ক ফোর (চার) লেন থেকে সিক্স (ছয়) করতে হবে। এছাড়া কোনো উপায় নেই। 

ওবায়দুল কাদের বলেন, আমি নিজে রোজার ঈদে নোয়াখালী গিয়েছিলাম। তখন আমরা আসার সময় রাস্তার অবস্থা, রাস্তায় যে প্রচণ্ড চাপ, তা লক্ষ্য করেছি।

এ বিষয়ে প্রধানমন্ত্রীর সঙ্গে আলাপ হয়েছে বলেও জানান তিনি।

সাংবাদিকদের এক প্রশ্নের জবাবে তিনি বলেন, আমি প্রধানমন্ত্রীর সঙ্গেও আলাপ করেছি, প্রধানমন্ত্রীও এ ব্যাপারে মত দিয়েছেন। সচিব আসার পরে বলেছি, আপনার প্রথম দায়িত্ব এটি, এটা করেন। 

মন্ত্রী বলেন, এ মহাসড়কে ট্রাকের বিশ্রামাগারগুলোর মধ্যে দুটোর বোধহয় কাজ শেষ হয়ে গেছে। বাকি দুটোর কাজ তাড়াতাড়ি শেষ করতে হবে। 

তিনি জানান, ডিসেম্বরের মধ্যে মেট্রোরেল উদ্বোধন করা হবে। সেপ্টেম্বরের প্রথম সপ্তাহে অষ্টম বাংলাদেশ চীন-মৈত্রী সেতু উদ্বোধন হবে। 

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Quader: Metro rail likely to be inaugurated in December

Dhaka Elevated Express is expected to open by the end of 2023, says the minister



Tribune Desk

July 12, 2022 12:51 PM

Dhaka metro rail is likely to be launched by end of December this year, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said.

He made the statements at the Secretariat as offices reopened on Tuesday after four days of Eid vacation.

“It is possible to inaugurate metro rail in December this year and Dhaka Elevated Express by the end of 2023,” he said.

Work on the expressway had been slow before, but now it is moving at a faster pace. Finances for this project have been arranged by the government, he added.

About the frequent road crashes reported from various parts of Bangladesh, the minister noted that motorcycles continued to run on highways defying government orders. 

“Motorcycles are more likely to cause accidents. Meanwhile, small vehicles (three-wheelers) pose several problems on the roads, when they are not being properly controlled,” he added.

Integrated test operation of the metro rail will begin on October 1 with a view to launching the Mass Rapid Transit Line-6 or MRT-6 between Uttara and Agargaon in December this year.


Dhaka Elevated Expressway Project Syed Zakir Hossain

The overall progress of MRT line-6 stands at 81.19% while the progress of part-1 between Uttara and Agargaon is 93.76%.

The prevailing power outages and the government’s plan to cut down power consumption by implementing different measures would not hamper the works, said officials, since it is categorized as an emergency service.

The 20.15km MRT-6 is the country’s first metro rail project, which is being built from the capital’s Uttara third phase to Motijheel at a cost of Tk22,000 crore. The project has been extended to Kamalapur.

Once completed, the metro rail will be able to carry 60,000 people per hour, reducing travel time from Uttara to Motijheel to less than an hour despite having to go through 16 stations. It now takes about two hours to travel the distance on a regular day.

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Bangabandhu tunnel can have Padma Bridge-like impact

The tunnel will take connectivity between the Chittagong metropolitan areas and Anwara upazila to new heights



Pimple Barua, Chittagong

July 12, 2022 9:00 PM

Government officials and local residents are hopeful that the Bangabandhu Tunnel,  the largest tunnel project in Asia, will have an impact on traffic in Chittagong similar to that of the Padma Bridge in Dhaka.

The opening of the Padma Bridge on June 26 cleared one of the most severe traffic bottlenecks in the country. Earlier, launches and ferries at Sadarghat terminal would be overloaded with passengers as they were the sole means of a crossing of the mighty Padma.

In the same vein, the Bangabandhu Tunnel will open up a new route across (or rather under) the Karnaphuli River. 

The tunnel will take connectivity between the Chittagong metropolitan areas and Anwara upazila, on the south bank of the river, to new heights. 

It will also allow traffic from Dhaka to bypass Chittagong City and go directly to Cox’s Bazar.

The tunnel under development is 3.4km long. In addition to the tunnel, more than five kilometres of linked roadways and a 727-metre overbridge are being constructed. 

The authorities plan to turn Chittagong into a two-town city, like Shanghai, once the tunnel is completed. 

Significant changes are already visible in the communication systems south of Chittagong, including in  Anwara, Banshkhali, Patiya, and Chandnaish on the south bank of the Karnaphuli, as a result of the work on the tunnel project. 

West Patiya and Anwara on the Karnaphuli's south and east banks will become sub-towns.

Various initiatives are underway on the part of  industry owners to establish new enterprises in the Anwara region along the Tunnel Road. Locals also intend to set up various businesses, such as luxury restaurants and shopping centres.

Traders believe that the tunnel will benefit not only the economy of South Chittagong but also that of the entire country, as it will create a modern communication system between Dhaka, Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar that will link it to the Asian Highway.

The tunnel will connect the east side of the river with Chittagong Port and airport on the Karnaphuli River's west bank, facilitating transport of products for import and export. 

The connectivity between Chittagong city and the Korean EPZ in Anwara, the under-construction China Economic Zone, Matarbari deep seaport, and the tourist city of Cox's Bazar, in particular, would be significantly improved.

Chittagong Chamber President Mahbubul Alam said: "Another dream like the Padma Bridge is the Bangabandhu Tunnel. This dream is also going to come true. The Bangabandhu Tunnel will expand the South Chittagong economy.”

Status of the tunnel

Project officials hope the tunnel, being built at a cost of Tk10,374 crore, will be ready for traffic by the end of the year.

When asked about the status of the multi-lane road tunnel project, Project Director Harunur Rashid Chowdhury told Dhaka Tribune: "The total progress of the project until last June was 87%, but the remaining work is difficult. As a result, progress in the last 13% may be slow. We are continuing our efforts to complete the tunnel work before the deadline.”

He said a major cause of the delays in the project was the difficulty in bringing in important equipment from Shanghai due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCL), the Chinese contractor,  is building the tunnel. The Bangladesh Bridge Authority has charged the same entity with tunnel maintenance and toll collection.

On February 24, 2019, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the tunnel boring work. On August 2, 2020, the boring work was completed, including the replacement of the first 2,450m-long tunnel tube ring.

In December 2020, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader inaugurated the boring work for the second tunnel tube, which is 2,459m-long. The work was completed on October 7, 2021. 

The internal structure of the second tube is being built at the moment.

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Three new bridges usher in new hope

Tuhin Shubhra Adhikary

Wed Jul 13, 2022 08:00 AM Last update on: Wed Jul 13, 2022 08:15 AM


After the grand opening of the Padma Bridge, the country is set to see the inauguration of three other major bridges in three to four months, which is expected to give a big boost to the internal communication and beyond.

The new bridges -- Bekutia Bridge in Pirojpur, Kalna Bridge in Narail and 3rd Shitalakhya Bridge in Narayanganj -- are being built under the network of Roads and Highways Department (RHD).

The Road Transport and Highways Division in its last monthly meeting on June 12 asked the RHD to take necessary steps for inauguration ceremonies as the construction of the bridges had neared completion.

The latest development is the construction of Bekutia Bridge, formally known as 8th Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge, is done. The authorities have started preparation for inaugurating the bridge, which will establish direct road link between Barishal city and Pirojpur.

The construction of Kalna Bridge, the first six-lane bridge in the country, is expected to be completed next month. This aesthetically beautiful bridge, which will fill up the last missing link of Asian Highway-1 route, will be ready for use in September.

The 3rd Shitalakhya Bridge, the long-delayed project,  will establish direct road link between Narayanganj city and Bandar upazila. It is expected to be ready for use in October.

"Once the three bridges are opened to traffic, it will increase the efficiency of RHD's network further," said Shishir Kanti Routh, RHD's additional chief engineer responsible for the Bridge Management Wing.

He said the "continuous twin box girder" structure has been used for the Shitalakhya Bridge, for the first time in the country, while the Kalna Bridge is the longest "arch bridge" in Bangladesh.

"So, with the construction of the bridges, the RHD has gained the experience of long-span bridge construction technology, which will have positive impacts on future projects," he told The Daily Star last week.

RHD is building the bridges with foreign loans and grants.


RHD in October 2017 undertook the project to build the bridge over the Kacha river. Currently, people have to use ferries to cross the river.

The cost of the project is Tk 894 crore, of which China will provide Tk 654 crore as grant and thus the bridge is named 8th Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge.

However, physical works of the project started in July 2018.

The main structure of the 1,493m bridge, with 495m viaduct, became fully visible in December last year.

"All works of the bridge are done now and it's ready for opening," Project Director Abdul Awal Molla told this newspaper on July 5.

First, the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka will hand over the bridge to the road authorities, which is expected to be done soon, he said. "We have also started the process for inauguration ceremony too."

The bridge will not only establish Pirojpur's direct connection with Barishal city, it will also connect Barishal with Khulna.

Mongla port and the under-construction Payra port would be also connected by the bridge, and the travel from Khulna and other western parts of the country to Kuakata, a top tourist destination, will be easier, he said.


RHD in May 2016 took up a project titled Cross-Border Road Network Improvement Project with a soft loan from Japan.

The Kalna Bridge over the Madhumati river, which is among 17 bridges being constructed under the Tk 3,745.51-crore project, will cut short the travel time between Dhaka and Jashore.

People are now using ferries to cross the river at Kalna.

The physical work of the 690m bridge started in November 2018 at the cost of Tk 959.45 crore. "We hope the work would be completed within August and the bridge would be readied for opening in September," said Project Director Shyamal Kumar Bhattacharyya.

This is a Nielsen-Lohse arch type steel bridge, which is 27.10m wide, and the first six-lane bridge of the country, he added.

The Asian Highway-1 route, connecting Assam with West Bengal of India via Sylhet-Dhaka-Narail-Jashore, earlier had two missing links: one is the Padma Bridge and another Kalna Bridge. The Padma Bridge was opened to traffic last month.

"With the opening of the Kalna Bridge, the last missing link will also be disappeared," he told The Daily Star on June 6.

He said the length of the route from Dhaka to Jashore via Gabtoli-Paturia-Daulatdia-Magura-Jashore is 218km. It will be only 160km via Jatrabari-Padma Bridge-Klana Bridge.


The Shitalakhya river separates Bandar upazila from the Narayanganj district headquarters.

The only direct road connection is through the Kanchpur Bridge (Shitalakhya-1 Bridge), which currently requires nearly 30km of travel, according to RHD documents.

Once is the four-lane bridge with walkways is opened to public, commuters will have to travel less than two kilometre to reach Narayanganj city from Bandar upazila.

RHD in November 2010 initiated the bridge project with Saudi Arabia's funding. But it took over seven years to hire consultants and contractors before the physical works started in late 2017.

All major works for the 1234.5m bridge with 834.5m viaduct were done and works for installing lights and building walkways were going on now, Project Director Shoaib Ahmed said on July 5.


"The bridge would be readied for use at the first partof October," he told The Daily Star.

He said the bridge will not only connect Bandar upazila with Narayanganj Sadar but also would work as an alternative route to connect Dhaka-Mawa-Bhanga Expressway (N-8) with Dhaka-Chattogram Highway (N-1), without touching the capital.

Currently, vehicles reach N-1 from N-8 through Jatrabari area in the capital.

But the bridge will connect N-1 with N-8 through Madangonj-Syedpur-Mukterpur-Munshigonj-Tongibari-Louhajong road.

The project director said the bridge also fill up the missing link of a proposed outer ring road around the capital.

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Padma Bridge: Over 76C collected in tolls in first 30 days

The bridge authorities collected Tk4.19 crore from 6am on July 8 to the same time on July 9 – which is still the highest 24-hour toll collection

Shamima Rita, Munshiganj

July 26, 2022 8:37 PM

The Padma Bridge authorities have collected over Tk76 crore in tolls from vehicles crossing the bridge in the 30 days since the bridge was opened to traffic.

The Bridges Division disclosed the information on Tuesday.

A total of 6,17,055 vehicles used the bridge during the period, paying Tk76,09,91,350 in tolls.

The toll plaza at the Mawa point collected Tk38,17,53,750 from 301,118 vehicles, while the one at the Zajira point collected Tk37,92,37,600 from 3,06,937 vehicles.

The bridge authorities collected Tk4,19,39,650 from 31,723 vehicles from 6am on July 8 to the same time on July 9 – which is still the highest 24-hour toll collection.

Bridges Division Supervising Engineer Abul Hossain earlier told Dhaka Tribune that the number of vehicles using the bridge varied every day, resulting in a fluctuation in toll collection.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the 6.15-km bridge with great fanfare on June 25. 

It marked an important milestone in Bangladesh’s history, as it is a symbol not just of Bangladesh’s tenacity but of its growing economic prowess and development.

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প্রথমবারের মতো পদ্মা সেতু হয়ে পোল্যান্ডে যাচ্ছে গার্মেন্টস পণ্য

মোংলা বন্দর কর্তৃপক্ষ জানায়, পদ্মা সেতু চালু হওয়ার পর সবচেয়ে বড় চালান হিসেবে পোল্যান্ডে যাচ্ছে ঢাকার এসব গার্মেন্টস পণ্য। এর আগে পদ্মায় ফেরি চলাকালে বন্দর দিয়ে অল্প পণ্য বিদেশে রপ্তানি হয়েছিল


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প্রকাশিত: ০৬:৩০ বিকাল জুলাই ২৭, ২০২২

পদ্মা সেতুর কল্যাণে দেশের অর্থনীতি চাঙা হতে শুরু করেছে। সেতুটি দিয়ে পারাপার করে বাংলাদেশি পণ্য বিদেশে রপ্তানি শুরু হয়েছে। ইতোমধ্যে সেতু পার হয়ে ঢাকার বিভিন্ন কারখানার গার্মেন্টস পণ্যবাহী কন্টেইনার মোংলায় পৌঁছেছে। সেতু দিয়ে পারাপার হওয়া প্রথমবারের মতো এসব পণ্য যাবে পোল্যান্ডে।

মোংলা বন্দর কর্তৃপক্ষের বরাতে অনলাইন সংবাদমাধ্যম বাংলা ট্রিবিউন জানায়, ঢাকা-গাজীপুর-সাভার ও নারায়ণগঞ্জের ২৭টি কারখানার গার্মেন্টস পণ্যবাহী ১৭টি কন্টেইনার পদ্মা সেতু হয়ে মোংলা বন্দর জেটিতে পৌঁছেছে। এসব পণ্য বন্দরের ৮ নম্বর জেটিতে পানামার পতাকাবাহী এমভি মার্কস নেসনা জাহাজে বোঝাই করা হচ্ছে।

এসব পণ্যের মধ্যে রয়েছে শিশুদের পোশাক, জার্সি ও কার্ডিগান, টি-শার্ট, ট্রাউজারসহ বিভিন্ন পণ্য। এসব গার্মেন্টস পণ্য নিয়ে বৃহস্পতিবার (২৮ জুলাই) সকালে মোংলা বন্দর ত্যাগ করবে বিদেশি জাহাজ মার্কস নেসনা। ৪০ ফুট দৈর্ঘ্যের ১৭টি কন্টেইনারে গার্মেন্টস পণ্য নিয়ে জাহাজটি যাবে পোল্যান্ডে। এর আগে এসব পণ্য নিতে সোমবার বন্দর জেটিতে আসে বিদেশি জাহাজ মার্কস নেসনা।

মোংলা বন্দর কর্তৃপক্ষ সূত্র জানায়, পদ্মা সেতু চালু হওয়ার পর সবচেয়ে বড় চালান হিসেবে পোল্যান্ডে যাচ্ছে ঢাকার এসব গার্মেন্টস পণ্য। এর আগে পদ্মায় ফেরি চলাকালে বন্দর দিয়ে অল্প পণ্য বিদেশে রপ্তানি হয়েছিল।

মূলত পদ্মায় ফেরি জটিলতার কারণে ঢাকার এসব গার্মেন্টস পণ্যের বেশিরভাগই চট্টগ্রাম বন্দর দিয়ে বিদেশে রপ্তানি হতো। পদ্মা সেতুর কল্যাণে মোংলা বন্দর দিয়ে গার্মেন্টস পণ্য রপ্তানিতে আগ্রহী হয়ে উঠেছেন ঢাকার ব্যবসায়ীরা। কারণ, সেতু চালু হওয়ার পর ঢাকা থেকে মোংলা বন্দরের দূরত্ব এখন ১৭০ কিলোমিটার। আর ঢাকা থেকে চট্টগ্রাম বন্দরের দূরত্ব ২৬০ কিলোমিটার।

মোংলা বন্দরে জাহাজ হ্যান্ডলিং দ্রুত ও নিরাপদ হওয়ায় এবং ঢাকার সঙ্গে দূরত্ব কমে যাওয়ায় সময় ও অর্থ সাশ্রয়ে এ বন্দর দিয়ে আমদানি-রপ্তানিতে আগ্রহী হয়েছেন গার্মেন্টস ব্যবসায়ীরা। 

মোংলা বন্দর কর্তৃপক্ষের চেয়ারম্যান রিয়ার অ্যাডমিরাল মোহাম্মদ মুসা বলেন, “মোংলা বন্দর হয়ে এসব গার্মেন্টস পণ্য রপ্তানির বিষয়টি একটি স্মরণীয় ঘটনা। প্রধানমন্ত্রী শেখ হাসিনা পদ্মা সেতু উদ্বোধনের পর এক মাসের মধ্যে সেতু হয়ে মোংলা বন্দরের মাধ্যমে গার্মেন্টস পণ্য রপ্তানির নবযাত্রা শুরু হলো। ভবিষ্যতে আমদানি-রপ্তানি আরও বাড়বে।”

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