Bangladesh Railway have decided to start the sale of train tickets on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Fitr on Jun 1, a day ahead of its earlier announced date. Railways Minister M Mazibul Hoque came up with the announcement at a press briefing at his Railway Bhaban office in the city on Thursday (May 24), local media reports said.
Tickets for Jun 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 will be available on Jun 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 respectively. Besides, the return tickets for the journey of Jun 19 will be available on Jun 10 and that for Jun 20 on Jun 11, for Jun 21 on June 12, for Jun 22 on Jun 13 and for Jun 23 on Jun 14 and for Jun 24 on June 15.
The sale of tickets will begin at 8 a.m. and each passenger will be able to buy maximum four tickets. There will be 26 tickets counters and two of them will be kept aside for female commuters at Kamalapur Railway Station.
During the briefing, the Railways Minister also said five pairs of special trains will run on several routes from Jun 13 to Jun 15 and Jun 18 to Jun 24. These trains are: Dewanganj Special (Dhaka-Dewanganj-Dhaka), Chandpur Special-1 and Chandpur Special-2 (Chattogram-Chandpur-Chattogram), Parbatipur Special (Parbatipur-Dhaka-Parbatipur), Rajshahi special (Rajshahi-Dhaka-Rajshahi).
Besides, two more trains -- Sholakia Special-1 (Bhairab-Kishoreganj-Bhairab) and Sholakia special-2 (Mymensingh-Kishoreganj-Mymensingh) -- will run on the Eid day to carry commuters interested to join Sholakia Eid jamaat, said the minister.
The inter-city trains will remain in operation from Jun 11 till the day before Eid-ul-Fitr while plying of goods-laden train will remained suspended three days before Eid. There will be 1405 coaches with 229 locomotives. The leave of railways staff and employees has been cancelled from Jun 10 to Jun 15, he said.
Government Railway Police, Railway Nirapatta Bahini, Rapid Action Battalion and Border Guard Bangladesh will be deployed at all big stations for preventing black market sales while the deputy commissioners concerned will conduct mobile courts. Meanwhile, plying of Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka Moitree Train will remain suspended from Jun 15 to Jun 18.
Earlier on May 21, Bangladesh Railway have primarily decided to start the ticket sales on Jun 2.