Bangladesh Railway (BR) is set to run an extra four intercity trains on its Dhaka-Parbotipur and Dhaka-Khulna routes, in a bid to make travel easier for passengers during the rush of Eid-ul-Azha.
According to official sources in the western zone of the BR and Parbotipur railway junction, the four special intercity trains will not operate on two days - the day before Eid-ul-Azha and on Eid day.
Under the special service, the Eid Special-1 and -2 trains with nine compartments each will operate on the Dhaka-Parbotipur route, while Eid Special-3 and -4 trains with 10 compartments each will run on the Dhaka-Khulna route.
According to BR sources, the Eid Special-1 Train will leave Kamlapur railway station at 5:20pm daily to reach Parbotipur at 3am. In the other direction, the Eid Special-2 Train will leave Parbotipur at 6:45am to reach Kamlapur railway station at 3:45pm.
On both ways, services will stop at Fulbari, Birampur, Panchbibi, Joypurhat, Akkelpur, Santahar, Ahsanganj, Madhnagar, Natore, Ishwardi Bypass, Chatmohar, Boral Bridge, Ullapara, Bangabandhu Bridge (West and East), Mirjapur, Mouchak, Joydevpur and Airport railway stations.
The train service will start three days before Eid and also run for five days from the second day of Eid.
Meanwhile, the Eid Special-3 train will leave Kamlapur railway station at 9:25pm daily to reach Khulna at 7am, and the Eid Special -4 train will leave Khulna at 10am to make the return journey to Kamlapur by 8:20pm.
These trains will stop at Noyapara, Jessore, Court Chandpur, AlamDanga, Poradaho, Bheramara, Ishwardi, Boral Bridge, Ullapara, Bangabandhu Bridge (West and East), Mirjapur, Mouchak, Joydevpur and Airport railway stations.
The Eid Special-3 and -4 trains will start operating three days ahead of Eid-ul-Azha and also run for a week from the second day of Eid.
The rate of passenger fare for these special intercity train services will remain the same as all other intercity trains currently operating, sources at the BR said.