Vehicles were at a standstill on both sides of the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway in Comilla on Wednesday due to the use of the two-lane bridges on a four-lane highway and slow inspections at toll plazas and weighbridges.
Thousands of passengers were trapped in the traffic congestion as about 65-kilometre hold-up from Kanchpur Bridge to Chandina Madaiya of Comilla was seen towards Chittagong.
Towards Dhaka, about 35-km tailback was seen between Daudkandi Toll plaza and Chandina Madaiya.
Passengers said that a large number of vehicles were stuck for hours at Gauripur under Daudkandi and Gazaria and Madanpur in Munshiganj.
Since Sunday, traffic congestion on the highway near Comilla was a daily feature, but it became intense on Wednesday.
As Feni has been free of tailbacks since Tuesday, the vehicles quickly assembled at the bridge toll plaza where vehicular movements decreased by at least 80 per cent.
With the slow movement of vehicles from four-lane highway to two-lane bridges long tailbacks formed.
Transport workers and passengers alleged that Comilla’s Meghna and Gomati bridges and slow inspection at toll plazas were causing the traffic congestion.
At Gomati and Meghna Bridge toll plazas and weighbridges, it was taking more than 10 minutes to weigh a goods-laden vehicle, they said.
Gatherings of both goods-laden and passenger vehicles were regular at these weighbridges, they said.
Rubayet Hossain, a businessman from Comilla who got trapped in traffic in Madanpur area, said, ‘I am stuck here for two and a half hours. If we do not stop corruption of toll plaza officials, ordinary passengers like me will have to face such problems day after day.’
Arif Jewel, a resident of Comilla town, said, ‘I was stuck in Toll plaza area for two hours. I had small kids with me. They needed to go to toilets. But what could they do there?’
Daudkandi highway police officer-in-charge Abul Kalam Azad said that they were working to ease traffic congestions.
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