Vehicular movement on Bangabandhu Bridge in Tangail was suspended for two hours yesterday due to a problem in its computerised online toll collection system.
The situation led to about 10-kilometre-long tailbacks that kept stranded hundreds of vehicles on both sides of the bridge, causing sufferings to the passengers and transport workers, said Mosharaf Hossain, officer-in-charge of Bangabandhu Bridge East Police Station.
The problem in the computerised online toll collection system occurred at 10:00am, causing suspension of toll collection as well as vehicular movement on the bridge, said Ahsanul Kabir Pavel, assistant engineer of the Bangabandhu Bridge site office of Bangladesh Bridge Authority (BBA).
The system, provided by Computer Network System (CNS) Limited, is operated by BBA, he said.
“Vehicular movement resumed on the bridge at 12:10pm after starting of the toll collection manually through providing tokens. Later, computerised online toll collection system was restored at 12:50pm,” he said.
"Creation of such problem on the computerised online toll collection system is not an unlikely matter as around 15,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day," he added.