'Eid' Rail Ticket Sales Start
Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Advance train ticket sales started on Tuesday morning in a bid to ease the hassles of Eid-Ul-Fitr travelers, a senior railway official said.

The sale of the such tickets, popularly referred to as 'Eid' tickets, will continue until Sep 4.

Like every year, tickets can be bought five days in advance from the date of journey from the ticket booths of Kamalapur, Airport, Joydebpur and Sylhet rail stations from 9am to 5pm every day.

A large number of people queued up at the booths of Kamalapur Rail Station in Dhaka on Tuesday morning to secure their ride home.

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and police personnel were also deployed at the station to prevent ticket touting and maintain security and order.

Kamalapur stationmaster Mohammad Syeduzzaman told bdnews24.com: "Advance tickets for any day before Eid will be sold five days earlier. For example Sep 9 tickets will be available on Sep 4."

The railway official continued that four special trains will be operating from Sep 4 to the day before and after the Eid through to Sep 22 to deal with the rush of passengers.

Two of the special trains will operate on Chittagong-Chandpur-Chittagong route, one on Chittagong-Comilla-Chittagong route and one on Dhaka-Dewanganj-Dhaka route, said the stationmaster.

But, passengers who have bought tickets have alleged irregularities including sale of tickets at prices higher than those declared on the railway website and extortion by touts who are selling 'positions' in the queue.

"Each Dhaka to Chuadanga ticket of 'Shulov' [second class ] are being sold at Tk 235 against Tk 190, the fare declared on the website," a Chuadanga-bound passenger told bdnews24.com.

A Khulna-bound passenger, Mohammad Azad, told bdnews24.com, "Tickets for first class and air conditioned compartments became unavailable immediately after the counters opened. Sellers are claiming that they have been sold already."

Source: bdnews24.com

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