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.