Bangladesh Railway will be selling advance tickets for August 21 today
A large number of people gathered at the Kamalapur Railway Station yesterday to get their hands on advance tickets to their desired destinations for Eid.
Ticket sales started from around 8am. Each passenger is allowed to buy a maximum of four tickets.
Bangladesh Railway will be selling advance tickets for August 21 today.
Customers, however, complained of ticket shortages, even though the railway authorities allocated 25% of the tickets for sale online.
Railway authorities have also allocated 5%of the tickets for VIPs, railway officials and employees.
Thousands of people thronged ticket counters at the railway station since early morning to book their tickets as they look forward to enjoying the festival with near and dear ones.
Many people had however, spent whole night at the railway station to get their tickets. Queues before the ticket counters for northern districts were relatively longer than those of others.
Although there are two counters for women, only one was in operation till noon. Passengers were seen waiting in long linesbefore 26 counters.
Internet problems caused interruptions during sale of advance tickets yesterday, causing difficulties for customers.
Services of the Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka Moitree train will be suspended from August 21-22, and the Bandhan express on August 23.
The sale of advance train tickets began on August 8 and will end on August 12.
Sale of return tickets will start on August 15. Tickets for August 24 will be available on the day, for August 25 on August 16, August 26 on August 17, August 27 on August 18, and for August 28 on August 19. Nine pairs of special trains will run on different routes on the occasion of Eid.
Kamalapur Railway Station Manager Sitangshu Chakravarty said that the railway’s own forces, and other law enforcing agencies, are prepared to handle any untoward situation that may occur. “We are constantly monitoring the situation.”
Government Railway police (GRP), Railway Nirapatta Bahini (RNB), Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have been deployed at all major stations to prevent illegal resale of tickets, while the deputy commissioners concerned will be conducting mobile courts during the period.