Bangladesh Railway will sell advance tickets from different spots in the capital from May 22 ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr for the first time to reduce sufferings of people.
At a press briefing at Rail Bhaban on Thursday, railways minister Nurul Islam Sujan also announced that this year railway would also sell half of the advance tickets online for the first time.
A new train would be introduced on Dhaka-Panchagarh route on May 25 and eight pairs of special trains would run under Eid services between June 2 and June 12, he added.
Usually every year, ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha, the railway sells advance tickets, of all intercity trains only, from capital’s Kamalapur and Chittagong railway stations.
This year railway will sell around 70,000 advance tickets each day between May 22 and May 26 from capital’s Kamalapur, Airport, Banani and Tejgaon railway stations and Phulbaria and Chittagong railway stations between 9:00am and 4:00pm while one will be allowed to buy maximum four tickets at a time.
From Kamalapur station advance tickets of all intercity trains on west routes via Jamuna Bridge, from Airport station tickets of trains on Chattogram and Noakhali routes, from Tejgaon station tickets of trains on Mymensingh and Jamalpur routes, from Banani station tickets of Netrokona-bound Mohanganj and Haor Expresses and from Phulbaria tickets of Sylhet and Kishoreganj-bound tickets will be sold.
At every ticket selling centres, one counter will be designated for women.
On May 22, advance tickets would be sold for train journeys on May 31 while on May 23 for June 1, on May 24 for June 2, on May 25 for June 3 and on May 26 for June 4.
‘Every year what happens at Kamalapur station for advance tickets – which comes in media - it is not very glorious for the railway,’ railways minister said.
He also said that this year they would sell 50 per cent of the advance tickets online through its newly launched mobile app – Rail Sheba from May 22.
‘If any ticket remains unsold online, we will release those at counters from May 27,’ Nurul Islam Sujan said.
Railway would carry about three lakh passengers each day during the Eid vacation, he added. From Dhaka around 27,000 advance tickets will be sold each day online and at counters, said officials.
The tickets for the return journey to the capital would be sold at Rajshahi, Khulna, Rangpur, Dinajpur and Lalmonirhat stations from 9:00am. On May 29, advance return tickets would be sold for June 7, on May 30 for June 8, on May 31 for June 9, on June 1 for June 10 and on June 2 for June 11.
Nurul Islam Sujan said prime minister Sheikh Hasina was scheduled to inaugurate Panchagarh Express on Dhaka-Panchagarh route on May 25 via video conference.
The train on the longest distance, 593 kilometre, would stop at Parbatipur, Dinajpur and Panchagarh stations after starting from Dhaka, he said.
The additional six trains will start running between June 2 and June 4 as well as between June 6 and June 12 on Dhaka-Dewanganj, Chittagong-Chandpur, Khulna-Dhaka, Dhaka-Ishwardi and Lalmonirhat-Dhaka routes.
Two additional trains, Sholakia Special 1 and 2, will run on the Eid day on Bhairab-Kishoreganj and Mymensingh-Kishoreganj routes.
Tickets of these special trains will not be available online while passengers will have to collect those from counters.
Weekly day-off of all intercity trains will be called off from May 31 and no container and fuel-laden trains will run for three days before Eid to facilitate passenger trains’ smooth journey.
Maitree Express will not run on June 3 and 4.
No saloon would be added to the trains for VIPs 10 days before and 10 days after the Eid, said the minister.
Decisions were also taken to constant guarding at big stations, including Dhaka, Dhaka Cantonment, Airport, Joydebpur, Chattogram, Mymensingh, Sylhet, Rajshahi and Khulna, to prevent sale of tickets on black market, strict monitoring of Government Railway Police, Railway Nirapatta Bahini, railway staff and law enforcement agencies to prevent any sabotage.
Railways secretary Md Mofazzel Hossain and BR (acting) director general Md Shamsuzzaman were also present at the briefing.
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