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Trains to carry 250,000 daily

Update : 15 Sep 2015, 07:36 PM

Bangladesh Railway is ready to serve around 250,000 passengers a day during the Eid holidays, up from the daily average of 170,000 passengers per day, the railway minister said.

Advance ticket sales ahead of Eid-ul-Azha started at Dhaka and Chittagong railway stations yesterday morning. Tickets will be available both online and at ticket counters until September 19. Each passenger is allowed to buy a maximum of four non-refundable tickets.

The national railway will sell some 48,000 advance tickets per day, with 25% earmarked for online and mobile sales, 5% allocated for VIPs and another 5% set aside for staff.

Railway Minister Mujibul Haque visited Kamalapur Railway Station around 10am yesterday while the station was crammed with passengers.

Passenger hardship will decrease by next Eid because new carriages will be procured by January, the minister said while visiting the station.

“Many passengers are not able to get tickets on their preferred dates of travel because there are not enough coaches and engines,” the minister said after observing the situation on the first day of advance ticket sales.

He said the number of train carriages would be increased to 270 from the existing 224 by January. An additional 150 engines will be added under ADP financing that has already commenced, he added.

The minister warned railway officials that they would face dismissal if delays were proven to be caused by irresponsibility on their part.

Delays had already been caused by an accident. The minister asked officials to swiftly get the train schedule back on track.

Kamalapur Station experienced a heavy rush on the morning of the first day of advance ticket sales.

Tickets for September 20 were sold yesterday; those for September 21 will be sold today. September 22 tickets will be sold on September 17, September 23 tickets on September 18 and September 24 tickets on September 19.

BR will operate 14 special trains, of which four will serve Solakia, Kishoreganj. The remaining trains will run for three days before to seven days after Eid. 

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