After the inauguration of Padma Setu, 395 crore 28 lakh 56 thousand 600 taka toll has been collected in the last 6 months. As such, an average of 2 crore 12 lakh 51 thousand 917 taka has been collected daily.
On Saturday (December 31), Bangladesh Bridge Department said this information.
Padma Bridge toll collection exceeds Tk100 crore mark
Padma Bridge, the country’s biggest self-financed mega project, has collected a total of Tk101.09 crore in tolls in the first 42 days since its opening to traffic on 26 June.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Padma Bridge on June 25. The bridge was opened for vehicular traffic from 6 am the following day.
According to the bridge department, 27 lakh 37 thousand 590 vehicles have crossed the Padma bridge in the last 6 months. As such, an average of 14,718 vehicles crossed the bridge every day.
Apart from this, the maximum toll of Tk 78 crore 50 lakh 19 thousand 400 has been collected from Padma Bridge in July. 60 crore 1 lakh 41 thousand 550 taka has been collected till December 28, the last month of the year.
Padma Bridge’s toll collection work is jointly done by Padma Bridge’s contractor China Major Bridge Engineering Company and Korean company Korea Express Corporation. An organization called Teletel Communication of Bangladesh is doing the field work on their behalf.
Rajan Biswas, assistant engineer of Bangladesh Bridge Authority, told the media that the toll collecting company is credited as the bridge authority’s bank after explaining the daily account. And how many vehicles pass through which end of the bridge, how much toll is collected at which end, is given on the website every day.