The advance Eid-ul-Fitr train tickets sale will start on May 22 and continue till May 26
Aiming to reduce hassle-free Eid journey for holidaymakers, Bangladesh Railway has decided to sell 50% of advance tickets online.
“Eid holidaymakers can buy advance train tickets using a mobile app,” said Railway Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujon, at a press briefing at Railway Bhaban on Wednesday.
The minister also said Bangladesh Railway will start selling the advance Eid-ul-Fitr train tickets from May 22, and continue till May 26.
The advance tickets will be sold at five different places: Kamalapur station, Airport railway station, Tejgaon railway station, Banani railway station, and Fulbaria (Old Railway Bhaban), said the minister.
The minister also said: “Sixteen special trains will carry passengers out (of Dhaka) during the Eid holidays, starting from June 2 to June 4. The trains will return to the capital from different districts from June 6 to June 12.”
He said: “Tickets will be available to reduce hassle for passengers and they will not have to wait in line for hours. The government has made many development in the railway sector and hopefully, passengers will receive better services this time.”
The minister added that the expected date of Eid-ul-Fitr is June 5. So, tickets for May 31 will be available on May 22, for June 1 on May 23, for June 2 on May 24, for June 3 on May 25, and tickets for June 4 will be available on May 26. Around 27,000 tickets are expected to be sold on each day.
“The advance return ticket sales will start on May 29 and continue until June 2,” he added
Passengers may purchase return tickets for June 7 on May 29, for June 8 on May 30, for June 9 on May 31, for June 10 on June 1, and for June 11 on June 2.
To prevent ticket black-marketing and subversive activities, BGB, police and Rapid Action Battalion, along with the railway police, will be deployed at several stations, said the minister.
He also informed that the railway department has suspended all day-offs of its officials for five days from May 31, and the railway authorities will operate 48 extra trips during the holidays.
The minister added that Maitree Express, which runs on the Dhaka-Kolkata route, will not operate on June 3 and 4. On May 29, a new train service will be launched on the Dhaka-Panchagarh route, called the Panchagarh Express, which will have no other stoppages.
Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujon said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the new train service from Ganabhaban on May 25.