Eid ticket sales start amid rush, online glitch

Dhaka,  Thu,  20 July 2017
Published : 13 Jun 2017, 00:45:02
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Eid ticket sales start amid rush, online glitch

Team to guard against excess fare
FE Report


Ignoring spells of rain, hundreds of home-goers thronged the counters of private bus companies and Kamalapur Railway Station in the capital to secure advance tickets for their upcoming Eid journey, as official sale kicked off on Monday.

Many of the aspirants, however, returned empty handed from the bus counters after failing to get their desired tickets, especially for June 22 and 23.

Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on June 26 or June 27, subject to sighting of moon. June 22 (Thursday) might be the last office day.

Some of the lucky persons, who succeeded in getting tickets, claimed that the bus companies were charging much higher fares for tickets than their normal fares.      

Online ticket hunters claimed that they could not collect tickets for glitches in the server of online ticket provider Shohoz.com in the morning.

Bus operators, like - Nabil Paribahan, Agomony Express, SR Travels, Akota, AR Travel, Hanif Enterprise, Shohag Paribahan, SB Super Deluxe etc, have released 40-60 per cent of their Eid tickets online at Shohoz.com.

Following visits to ticket booths of some private bus companies at Gabtoli, Kalyanpur, Shyamoly and Kalabagan on Monday the FE found that the crowd started increasing from 9.00 am to secure position on queues for buying tickets.

Mehtesham Ibne Hasan, a NGO official who came to Nabil Paribahan counter at Gabtoli Mazar Road at 9.30 am, said he was at 30th position on the queue. But he did not get any ticket for June 22 night or June 23 morning, as counterman said most of the tickets have been given online.

Talking to the FE at Kalyanpur bus-stand, Md Khalequzzaman, a government official, said he came to collect tickets of SR Travels Ltd to travel to Rangpur on June 23.

After two and half hours of sale, the bus company personnel said tickets for June 22 and June 23 have been sold out.

Meanwhile, bus companies were seen charging additional Tk 60 for per ticket to Bogra, and Tk 150 for Panchagarh.  

Talking to the FE at Mazar Road, Md Kamal Uddin, a private bank official, said he came to collect tickets of Nabil Paribahan for June 22 or June 23 to go to Dinajpur, after failing to get those online.

He also said he tried to get confirmation of tickets at Shohoz.com from 12:01 am on June 12, but failed as its server was not working.

The return tickets for June 28 to July 2 will be available from June 19 to June 23 respectively at district sadar stations, said railway officials.

Bangladesh Railway Director General Md Amzad Hossain said the might experience huge rush of ticket seekers on June 13 and 14 when tickets for June 22 and 23 will be available.

BSS adds: A special vigilance team, comprising police, Rapid Action Battalion, and transport owners and workers, has been formed to monitor the bus terminals in the city to check charging of additional fare from the homebound people ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.

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