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Advance train tickets for Eid-ul-Azha sold out in 30mins

There were no server complications due to ticketing in two shifts, but many expressed disappointments over not getting tickets

Update : 14 Jun 2023, 07:28 PM

Advance train tickets for Eid-ul-Azha has reportedly been sold out within the first 30 minutes of sale on Wednesday.

For the first time, there were no server complications due to ticketing in two shifts, but many expressed disappointments over not getting tickets. However, the railway authorities said that not everyone is getting tickets as the tickets are less than the demand.

Sources revealed that sale of tickets for the West Zone started at 8am and ended at 8:30am while tickets for the East Zone began selling at 12pm and ended at 12:20pm.

Masud Sarwar, manager of Kamalapur railway station, said that in 30 minutes after the ticket was issued in the morning, the server was hit 4 million times for tickets. 

Due to this, all the tickets were sold out in the first few minutes. However, due to payment complications for many, some tickets remained in the app for another twenty to twenty-five minutes, he added.

According to railway sources, at least 1 million visitors can access the railway app every minute. In addition, tickets can be sold for 8,000 per minute. Because there are more people than tickets, not everyone could get tickets.

Regarding the sale of tickets, Additional Director General (Operations) of Bangladesh Railway Sardar Shahadat Ali said: “This time we have given tickets in two zones in separate shifts to handle the extra pressure on the servers. As a result of this, the number of hits decreased and the ticket aspirants did not face the problem of server being down.”

Regarding not everyone getting tickets, Sardar Shahadat Ali said: “4 million hits were received for buying less than 14,000 tickets. Some of them got tickets. It is normal that not everyone will get a ticket.”


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