Dhaka – Bangladesh Railway on Tuesday began advance sale of tickets for making holidaymakers’ trips hassle-free during the Muslim religious festival of Eid-al-Fitr early next month.
Ticket seekers in their thousands started queuing at Kamalapur Railway Station well before the day break as the authorities served tickets on different routes for July 1.
The tickets for July 2 will be sold on Thursday. The authorities will put on sale the tickets for July 3, 4, and 5 on Jun 24, 25 and 26 respectively.
Railway officials said that the ticket sale began at 8am, but many ticket seekers say that they came to the station after midnight to ensure a seat on the queue.
The tickets are also being up for sale in the port city of Chittagong and north-eastern shrine city of Sylhet to facilitate trouble-free journey during the festival.
The security officials were put on alert to fend off any attempt of black marketing of tickets.
“We have taken adequate measures to prevent a person to collect tickets more than the number permitted at the sales booths,” Abdul Mazid, officer in charge of railway police in Dhaka said.
The government has planned to sell 43,000 tickets a day, officials said. Twenty-five per cent of the tickets will be sold through online shops while five per cent tickets will be reserved for the Very Important Persons and railway officials.
Railway Minister Mazibul Haque at a press conference on June 15 announced that a person was allowed to buy maximum four tickets. The advanced sale tickets cannot be exchanged.
The authorities will also sale return ticket from July 4 to July 8. The return ticket sales counter will be in Chittagong, Rajshahi, Lalmonirhat, Khulna and other places.