A total of 13,165 motor vehicles on Sunday moved from Kawla to Farmgate through the Dhaka Elevat-ed Expressway and gave over Tk 11,08,240 lakh as toll.
“Dhaka Elevated Expressway was opened for public to ease traffic congestion in the capital . .. . the traf-fic movement through the expressway started at 6 am yesterday,” project director of the Elevated Ex-pressway AHMS Akter told journalists.
“A total of Tk 11,08,240 was collected yesterday,” he said.
Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the much-awaited expressway’s HSIA-Farmgate sec-tion unveiling the inaugural plaque at the Old Trade Fair Ground at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar yesterday af-ternoon.
Apart from pedestrians, three wheelers, bicycles and motorbikes are not allowed to ply the expressway.
The length of this section is about 11.5 km. There are 15 ramps for boarding. Out of these, two ramps situated at Banani and Mohakhali will remain closed for the time being. The maximum speed limit for traffic on the expressway will be 60 km per hour.
The road transport and bridges ministry fixed the toll rates for HSIA-Farmgate section ranging from Taka 80 to Taka 400.
Under category 1, the toll rate for car, taxi, jeep, sports utility vehicle, microbus (under 16 seats) and light truck (under 3 tonnes) is Taka 80.
The toll rate for medium truck (up to six wheels) for crossing the route from any point is Taka 320 un-der category 2.
Under category 3, the toll rate for truck (over six wheels) for crossing the route from any point is Taka 400. The toll rate for any bus (16 seated or above) for crossing the route from any point is Tk 160 under category 4.