Authorities governing the Bangabandhu Bridge have set a new record through the amount collected in tolls over the last 24 hours, as a staggering number of holidaymakers made their way to their home districts to celebrate the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha.
As many as 36,248 vehicles of all sizes crossed the bridge from 6am Friday to 6am Saturday, said Bangabandhu Bridge (East) police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mosharraf Hossain.
The bridge authorities collected Tk2,60,43,140 from the large number of vehicles during the same period, he said.
The toll amount was higher than those of previous years, the OC said.
The police official said as many as 24,258 vehicles from Dhaka crossed the bridge towards the northern districts, while the number of opposite direction vehicles was 11,990.
During the Eid-ul-Fitr in June, a number of 35,171 vehicles crossed the bridge in 24 hours, while the authorities realized Tk2,44,53,870 from the vehicles.
Authorities have been collecting tolls on the Bangabandhu Bridge since the bridge was built on the Jamuna river in 1998. Currently, the bridge is using a Computer System Network (CNS) to collect tolls.
Every year, the highways become extremely busy ahead of Eid, with thousands of people leaving Dhaka for their ancestral homes.