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GULISTAN-JATRABARI FLYOVER DSCC to verify toll collection
Publish Date : 2014-02-06,  Publish Time : 22:30,  View Count : 11
Mithun Kamal
The Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) yesterday formed a committee to scrutinize the 'controversial' toll collection by the construction firm of Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover.
Besides, the corporation has started to count the number of vehicles using the flyover separately for verification.
The six-member scrutiny committee, headed by DSCC secretary Khan Mohammad Rezaul Karim, comprises chief town planner, chief public relation officer, executive engineer (electrical), taxation official (Market section 3) and system analyst.
"We want to scrutinize the mentioned number of vehicles and the amount of collected toll provided to us by the construction firm, Orion Group," the committee chief told The Daily Observer yesterday.
The Orion Group is authorized to collect tolls for 24 years, as concession period. After that time the group will hand over the flyover to the DSCC. However, 5.0 per cent of the toll collected, during these 24 years, will be deposited to the DSCC.
The DSCC 0n January 30 engaged 48 officials to tally vehicles that are using the flyover. These officials have been asked to carry out the task every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday by manual method of Hand Tally Counter Device.
Motorised vehicles are now plying on the flyover using three entry points at Gulistan 1 and 2 and Kutubkhali. The rest of the entry points have not been inaugurated so far.
Nearly 30,000 different types of vehicles are now using the flyover every day, according to preliminary statistics prepared by the corporation.
Controversy erupted over the toll collection from the transport owners just a day after the inauguration of the flyover on October 11, 2013.  
On November 17, 2013, the High Court issued a rule upon the government to explain in one week's time as to why the collection of toll higher than the contract rate by the operator of the flyover should not be declared illegal.
Orion Infrastructure Ltd has allegedly been charging Tk 260 for six-wheeler trucks, Tk 173 for four-wheeler trucks, Tk 375 for trailers, Tk 260 for buses, Tk 173 for minibuses, Tk 130 for pickup vans, Tk 85 for microbuses, Tk 70 for jeeps, Tk 60 for cars, Tk 18 for auto-rickshaws and Tk 10 for motorbikes.
But the DSCC rate for a single trip over the flyover was Tk 150 for a six-wheeler truck, Tk 200 for a trailer, Tk 100 for a four-wheeler truck, Tk 150 for a bus, Tk 100 for a minibus, Tk 75 for a pickup van, Tk 50 for a microbus, Tk 40 for a jeep, Tk 35 for a car, Tk 10 for an auto-rickshaw and Tk 5.0 for a motorbike.

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