Long-route bus operators on Friday started selling advance tickets to facilitate passengers leaving Dhaka to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr at their rural homes.
People at bus counters of Gabtoli inter-district bus terminal, Shyamoli and Kalyanpur complained about unavailability of tickets of air-conditioned buses and higher prices of tickets on different routes.
People on the day mostly brought tickets for journeys on May 30, June 3 and June 4.
This year, May 30 falls on Thursday followed by two weekly holidays and the last working day is June 3 followed by the three-day Eid vacation that begins on June 4. The Eid is likely to be held on June 5, though subject to moon sighting.
Ticket-seeking people started crowding Gabtoli terminal in the capital from the early morning as the operators started selling tickets at 6:30am.
Advance bus tickets from May 30 were available mainly for northern and south-western districts.
Passengers alleged that like every year different bus operators sold tickets at prices higher by Tk 100 to Tk 200 than the normal on different routes including to Bogura, Naogaon, Ullapara, Panchagarh and Rangpur.
They also alleged that the number of AC tickets on different routes was very limited.
Some countermen claimed that every year during the Eids they collected the actual bus fares though the buses returned to the capital almost empty.
Homebound people also collected advance tickets from bus counters in Darus Salam and Asad Gate areas.
The Bangladesh Bus-Truck Owners’ Association in a recent meeting decided to sell advance tickets on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
Passengers to the country’s south-eastern, eastern and middle-region destinations usually board buses without advance tickets from the Saidabad and Mohakhali terminals.
Chattogram- and Sylhet-bound people can get advance tickets via online from different bus operators including Shohagh, Shyamoli and Green Line. The Bangladesh Railway is scheduled to start selling advance train tickets from May 22, said officials.
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