Sale of advance train, bus tickets from today

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Published : 12 Jun 2017, 01:00:30
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Sale of advance train, bus tickets from today

Launch tickets from June 15
FE Report


Sale of advance train and bus tickets on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr starts today while launch tickets will be sold from June 15 onwards.

Both train and bus operators are expecting a huge rush of homebound passengers for tickets, especially for June 22 and 23.

Eid will be celebrated on June 26 or 27, subject to the sighting of moon. The last workday before Eid holidays might be June 22 (Thursday).  

Today, Bangladesh Railway will sell train tickets for June 21 at the Kamalapur Railway Station in Dhaka and the Chittagong Rail Station, beginning at 8:00am.

Tickets for June 22, 23, 24, and 25 will be sold on June 13, 14, 15 and 16 respectively, while return train tickets for June 28 to July 2 will be available from June 19 to 23 in sadar district rail stations.   

Railways Minister Mujibul Haque at a press conference said his ministry has cancelled holidays of its staff and officials to ensure better service for the passengers travelling to their village home to celebrate Eid with dear and near ones.

He said 171 new coaches have been added to the trains to ensure smooth Eid journeys. A total of 229 engines, including 21 new ones, will pull 1,332 coaches during Eid travel.

BR Director General Md Amzad Hossain said they were expecting huge rush on June 13 and 14 when tickets for June 22 and 23 will be available.

Law enforcers will also be deployed until the Eid day to avert any chaos, he said.   

Private bus operators will sell tickets for the passengers of the country's northern and southern regions today at their counters.

Besides, a major portion of tickets of some leading bus companies will be sold online.

Md Anisur Rahman, manager of Hanif Paribahan, the biggest private bus company in the country, said the demand for tickets of June 22 (night), 23 and 25 would be much higher than other days.

He said 50 per cent of their advance tickets for June 19 to June 25 would be sold at their counter at Gabtoli, Kalyanpur and College Gate and the rest online at Shohoz.com.

Chairman of Bangladesh Bus-Truck Owners Association Md Faruqe Talukder Sohel told the FE that passengers bound for districts in Rangpur, Rajshahi and Khulna divisions can buy these advance tickets.

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) will start its 'Special Eid Service' from June 20, which will continue until the day before Eid.

Above 1,000 BRTC buses will run across the country on the occasion.

On the other hand, air tickets for domestic routes for June 20 to July 8 of private and state-run airlines have already been booked or sold, according to company sources.

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) decided to start sale of advance launch tickets on June 15.  

The decision was taken at a meeting of the river route safety and traffic department of BIWTA at Dhaka River Port at Sadarghat in the capital on Sunday, with its Chairman Commodore M Mozammel Huq in the chair.  

More than half a million city dwellers are expected to travel on launches to go to southern districts from Sadarghat launch terminal during Eid holidays.

BIWTA sources said ticket sale will start at 8:00am on the day and will continue until afternoon at Sadarghat terminal and VIP, first and second class tickets will be sold.

The meeting also asked the launch owners not to charge any extra fare from the passengers.

It also decided to operate some special launches from June 20 along with the regular launch services.  

Meeting sources said special launch service will be available from June 23, with over 50 vessels being added to the existing fleet in order to cope with the increasing number of home-bound passengers.   

About safety issue, Director General (DG) of the department of shipping Commodore Syed Ariful Islam told the FE that they will take utmost care to ensure passengers' safety as Eid is being celebrated during monsoon when rivers remain turbulent.

Some launch owners are now considering selling tickets online, he said.

Shurovi, a launch operator, has already started selling tickets online and more will follow suit, he added.

He also said the department of shipping will step up its monitoring drive after Ramadan 20 to ensure safe journey for home-bound passengers.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Inland Waterways (passenger carriers) Association has decided that they would not raise launch fares during Eid holidays, an influential leader told the FE.

Usually, 75 to 80 launches run on 41 river routes from Sadarghat terminal to southern districts daily. During Eid vacation, the number of vessels goes up to 135-140 a day, sources said.

The fare for deck for one-way journey between Dhaka and Barisal has been fixed at Tk 250 while the fare for cabin, ranging between Tk 1,000 and Tk 2,000, will remain unchanged.

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