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Dhaka Tribune

Advance bus ticket sale for Eid begins

Bus owners expect crowd from 23rd Ramadan

Update : 15 Apr 2022, 07:23 PM

The advance sale of bus tickets for the Eid-ul-Fitr began on Friday morning, but the number of people turning up at the counters was significantly lower than expected.

Several bus operators started selling advance tickets from Gabtoli, Shyamoli, and Kalyanpur counters for travel on April 26, said Maruf Talukder, owner of Shohagh Paribahan.

“We have started selling advance tickets, but it was not an official decision. Owners are selling advance tickets at their counters,” Maruf, who is also a member of the Bangladesh Bus Truck Owners Association, told Bangla Tribune.

“We usually choose the weekends, such as Fridays and Saturdays, for advance ticket sales,” he added.

Maruf also noted that their sales were lower than they had anticipated this year.

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Meanwhile, Bangladesh Railway has announced that they will start selling advance tickets on April 23 for April 27. Moreover, the advance tickets for April 28, 29, 30 and May 1 will be available on April 24, 25, 26 and 27. Besides, the selling of return tickets will begin from the second day of Eid.

Eid-ul-Fitr will be observed on May 2, but the date is subject to the sighting of the moon.

Bus owners said people would leave the capital for Eid during the last days of Ramadan. Therefore, the demand will be higher from April 30. Moreover, with the opportunity to buy 30% of tickets online, many are leaning towards the facility.

Abul Kalam, president of the Dhaka Road Transport Owners Association, told Bangla Tribune that they would start selling tickets from Mohakhali from 23rd Ramadan onwards. “Selling tickets this early is only a showoff,” he added.

Earlier, Shubhankar Ghosh Rakesh, managing director of Shyamoli NR Travels and joint general secretary of the Bus Truck Owners Association, said that they started selling tickets from Friday.

He said that no bus counters would be allowed to charge higher than the fare fixed by the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA).

Rajshahi Grameen Paribahan Manager Ashraf Uddin at its Shyamoli counter said that it was just another ordinary day. “There is no extra crowd for advance ticket bookings.

“In view of the current situation, it appears that people do not want to go home during Eid holidays,” he added.

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