In a remarkable display of success and efficiency, the Dhaka Elevated Expressway has not only met but exceeded all expectations since its grand opening. This impressive piece of modern infrastructure has become a symbol of progress, showcasing the potential of urban development in Bangladesh. With higher-than-anticipated traffic and substantial toll collections, the Dhaka Elevated Expressway has truly become a game-changer.
As of 6:00 AM on September 24, an astounding total of 6,21,152 vehicles have traversed the expressway, primarily consisting of private cars. What’s even more astonishing is the revenue generated from these tolls, exceeding Tk 5.03 crore within just three weeks of operation. Project Director of the Dhaka Elevated Expressway, AHMS Akhtar, expressed his elation at this achievement, which has surpassed their initial projections.
This remarkable feat comes on the heels of the expressway’s grand inauguration on September 2, led by none other than Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. In a display of leadership and commitment to progress, the Prime Minister paid a Tk 2,000 toll for her motorcade, setting an example for all. Each accompanying vehicle was charged Tk 80, emphasizing the importance of this essential infrastructure project.
The expressway’s Airport-Farmgate segment, which opened its gates to vehicular movement at 6:00 AM on September 3, has quickly become a favored route for commuters. Traveling from the airport to Farmgate now takes a mere 10-12 minutes via the expressway, greatly enhancing the city’s connectivity and reducing commute times.
Project Director AHMS Akhtar shared his enthusiasm, stating, “We initially projected an average of around 20,000 daily users for the expressway, but now the number has surged to around 30,000 vehicles.” This unexpected surge in usage underscores the expressway’s pivotal role in Dhaka’s transportation network.
Looking ahead, the Dhaka Elevated Expressway, upon full completion, will span from Kawla to Kutubkhali, connecting the capital to the Dhaka-Chattogram highway via Kuril-Banani-Mohakhali-Tejgaon-Moghbazar-Kamalapur-Sayedabad-Jatrabari. It is anticipated that approximately 80,000 vehicles will utilize this critical route daily, revolutionizing the city’s transportation landscape.
Despite the expressway’s design allowing vehicles to reach speeds of up to 80 km/h, authorities have maintained a prudent limit of 60 km/h, with 40 km/h on the ramp. While the enforcement of speed limits is yet to commence, the presence of CCTV cameras and other safety equipment ensures a secure and efficient journey for all users.
In a recent development, the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) introduced bus services on the Dhaka Elevated Expressway starting from September 18. Passengers can now enjoy the convenience of crossing the expressway for a mere Tk 35, further expanding its accessibility and reach.
The Dhaka Elevated Expressway stands as a testament to progress and innovation, reshaping urban transportation in Bangladesh’s capital. As it continues to redefine the city’s commuting experience, the future looks brighter than ever for Dhaka’s residents, promising a more connected and efficient future.