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Motorbikes on Padma Bridge unlikely before Eid

Published : 03 Jul 2022 10:18 PM

There is no possibility of allowing motorcycles on the Padma Bridge before Eid-ul-Azha, Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam said. 

He made the statement at a press briefing at the secretariat on Sunday.

"Decision on allowing motorcycles on the Padma bridge will be taken after installing CCTV cameras and speed guns… It is difficult to do it before this Eid-ul-Azha," Khandker Anwarul Islam told reporters.

He said law enforcement agency officials would become more vigilant and take action if anyone violate the rules of the bridge.

The Bridge Division, under the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges, banned motorcycles on the Padma Bridge from June 27, 2022 until further notice.

The decision came following the death of two people in a motorcycle accident on the Padma Bridge on the first day of opening to traffic.

Also, many bikers would stops on the bridge to click selfies, flouting all rules, while others completely disregarded the 60 km/h speed limit set by the authorities.

Among the vehicles that crossed the bridge on the first day, 60 per cent were motorbikes, reports media outlets citing bridge authorities.

Despite the ban, hundreds of motorbikes thronged the Padma Bridge toll plaza on June 27.

Many among them then resorted to other creative measures to circumvent the ban.

Motorcycles were loaded on pickup vans and trucks to make the journey. Several photos and videos of the incident went viral on social media.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Padma Bridge with great fanfare on June 25.