Long lines at Kamalapur station as advance ticket sales begin
Bangladesh Railway authorities on Friday started selling the advance train tickets for Eid-ul-Fitr travel.
Several hundred holidaymakers stood in long lines at Dhaka’s Kamalapur Railway Station on the first day of the sales to get tickets for travel on June 10.
Each passenger will be able to buy a maximum of four tickets.
Outbound tickets from Dhaka for June 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 will be available on June 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, respectively.
Return tickets for June 19 will be available on June 10, for June 20 on June 11, for June 21 on June 12, for June 22 on June 13, for June 23 on June 14, and for June 24 on June 15.
The Eid, which is the largest religious festival of Muslims, is expected to be celebrated on June 16, depending on moon sighting.
Over six million people are expected to leave the capital by trains, buses and water vessels for their respective village homes to celebrate the Eid holidays with their near and dear ones.
Bangladesh Railway also announced that seven special trains will operate during the Eid rush to ensure a hassle-free journey for the public.
Meanwhile, private long-route bus operators started selling advance tickets from May 30.
Amid the growing demand ahead of the Eid, domestic airlines have also decided to operate additional flights on different routes to serve more homebound passengers.
Unusual traffic congestions on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway, the busiest across the country, had prompted the airlines' authorities to come up with the decision as many people look unwilling to travel by roads.