• Saturday, Jul 11, 2020
  • Last Update : 09:12 pm

Train tickets to be sold online only

  • Published at 01:53 pm May 30th, 2020
Train ticket
File photo: Passengers stood in queue to buy tickets at Kamalapur Railway Station Md Manik

No train will stop at Airport, Gazipur, and Narsingdi stations

Bangladesh Railway has decided to sell railway tickets only online from Saturday as train service resumes from Sunday after a gap of more than two months due to the pandemic.

Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan said: “We will sell 50% of the tickets to avoid crowds. But all the tickets will be sold online. Tickets will not be sold at stations.

“Passengers can get on a train only from Kamalapur Railway Station to depart from Dhaka, as no train will stop at Airport, Gazipur, and Narsingdi railway stations to avoid crowding.”

Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan made the statement at a press briefing held at Rail Bhaban in Dhaka.

He said “We will operate 8-pairs of trains from Sunday and another 11-pairs will start from June 3.

“That means 19-pair or 38 trains will run from June 3 in the different destinations.”

However, Bangladesh Railway will not increase the fare, despite the decrease in ticket sales.

The minister said: “As the fare is not increased, we guess passengers will rush to travel by train. We are requesting everyone not to travel except for emergencies.”

Hearing that the trains will start operating from Sunday, people already gathered at the Kamalapur Railway Station to buy tickets on Saturday, but the railway authority refused to sell any tickets there.

Apart from these, the following procedures will be executed by the Bangladesh Railway from Sunday:

  • Passengers will arrive at the station one hour before departure as the authorities will test body temperature. If the temperature is abnormal the authorities can cancel the trip.

  • Passengers must wear facemasks, otherwise, they will not be allowed into the stations.

  • No one will get entry into the stations without a ticket.

  • Passengers will use one door for entry and another door for exit.

  • No sheets will be served for the air-conditioned coach. Passengers can carry their own if required. 

  • No food will be served on the train.

  • BR will ensure hand sanitizers at trains.

  • The train will be disinfected before departure.

Train services were suspended by the government on March 25, to curb the Covid-19 outbreak.

The railway system lacks the capacity to control large numbers of people, which is evident during the Eid rush.  

Now, many people are planning to head back to Dhaka from their villages following the end of Eid holidays.

However, the railways minister said: “We still cannot predict what will happen once train services resume.

“We will observe the situation. If we cannot control the crowds, then we will set further plans in motion,” he added.

Train coaches prepared for operations are Sonar Bangla Express and Subarna Express on the Dhaka-Chittagong route, Kalni Express on the Dhaka-Sylhet route, Paharika on the Chittagong and Sylhet route, Bonolota Express for Rajshahi, Chitra Express for Khulna, and the Panchagar Express and Lalmoni Express. 

Apart from this, Teesta Express, Benapole Express, Nilsagar Express, Rupsa Express, Kopotakha Express, Madhumoti Express, Meghna Express, Kishoreganj Express, Brahmaputra Express, Kurigram Express and Upakul Express will be operated from June 3.

All the trains will depart from their base stations. 

67
61
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail