Dhaka – Thousands of people queued at five designated places in Dhaka to collect train tickets to travel during the upcoming Eid festival.
A large number of people were seen crowded at the Kamalapur Railway Station as the ticket sale began at 9 am. Train tickets for May 31 were sold on Wednesday.
Tickets for June 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be available on May 23, 24, 25 and 26 respectively. Each person are allowed to buy a maximum of four tickets.
Hundreds of thousands of people from big cities travel to their ancestral home across Bangladesh to celebrate the Eid-al-Fitr, the biggest religious festival after a month of fasting for the Muslims.
This year the Eid-al-Fitr is expected to be celebrated on June 5, subject to moon sighting, in Bangladesh.
The government has also arranged on-line sale of railway tickets for the first time this year. Fifty per cent of the tickets will be preserved for online sale.
To reduce the crowd at the Kamalapur Railway Station, where usually all the tickets were to sale previously, the Railway department choose four other places to establish ticket counters.
Kamalapur Railway Station will sale tickets for western regions above Bangabandhu Bridge in the river Jamuna, tickets for Chittagong and Noakhali will be distributed from Airport Railway Station. Tickets for all intercity trains bound to Mymensingh and Jamalpur will be distributed through Tejgaon railway station while people planning to travel to Netrokona, Mohanganj will collect their tickets at Banani station.
Travelers bound for north-eastern Sylhet and Kishoreganj will be collect their advance tickets at Fulbaria (Old Railway Building).
Besides, return tickets for June 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 will be available on May 29, 30, 31, June 1 and 2 respectively, according to Bangladesh Railway.
Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan visited Kamalapur Railway Station at in the morning to see on the ground how smooth are ticket sale goes.