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Railway authority to take strict action over black market ticket sales from Aug 16

  • Published at 03:56 pm August 13th, 2020
File photo: People are seen collecting advanced tickets at Dhaka's Kamalapur Railway Station ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Passengers who are travelling tickets that do not match their names will also be fined from now on

Bangladesh Railway has been selling its tickets online amid the Covid-19 outbreak, but tickets are still being sold on the black market.

“To prevent this, the railway authority will conduct drives against the black market ticket sellers and buyers from August 16,” Shariful Islam, senior information officer of the Ministry of Railways said on Thursday.

Railway authorities have urged passengers to use their actual names while buying tickets online and keep their National Identification Cards (NIDs) and carry the exact mobile number used to buy the tickets, during travelling, or else they may face problems during the ticket checking.

Exchange or selling of tickets is a punishable offence according to Bangladesh Railway Act and has a maximum three months of prison sentence or a fine or both.

Passengers who will travel with exchanged tickets will also be fined from now on.

“We urge all passengers to collect tickets through online or the mobile app instead and avoid black market,” Shariful said.

When asked about those who are not used to or are not literate enough to operate internet and mobile apps, the Railway Minister Nurul Islam Sujan said “People will gradually buy tickets online as almost everyone has a mobile phone now, including the low income group in the country.”

“The rules will be applicable for only the inter-city train now. The users of intercity trains mostly have the ability and capacity to buy tickets online,” he added.