BSS: Motorbike rider-sharers found themselves an opportunity to make money thanks to merrymaking people flocking to Padma Bridge to cross the dream project.
Long queues of vehicles were seen waiting to cross the long-awaited Padma Bridge which opened for public use today after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the mega structure on Saturday (25 June). Buses, trucks, cars, motorcycles, and ambulances were seen waiting in hundreds on the Dhaka-Mawa Expressway till the gates of the bridge opened at 6am.
Many flocked near the two ends of Padma Bridge to cross it over. This opened a window of opportunity for motorcycle ride sharers to make money as people were seen looking for rides to cross the bridge on.
One ride sharer, Amir Hossain, said that he came to Padma Bridge with two passengers from Dhaka and earned Tk500. He then started faring passengers across the Padma Bridge. He has been charging Tk300 for taking passengers from one end of the Padma Bridge to the other.
“Padma Bridge is a gift to the people from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. We are very happy about it,” he said. He urged fellow ride sharers to obey the rules.
“If I ride the bike at 60-70km per hour, I can drop the passengers across the Padma Bridge from Mawa to Bhanga in 30-40 minutes,” he added.
Another rider sharer said he was very happy to be able to ride across the Padma Bridge.
Some ride sharers were charging Tk500 for Mawa-Bhanga ride across the Padma Bridge. The passengers also expressed joy.