Bangladesh Railway has started selling advance train tickets on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of the Muslims.
Tickets for June 21 journeys were made available around 8am on Monday. Each passenger will be able to buy a maximum of four tickets.
Tickets for June 22 will be sold on June 13, June 23 on June 14, June 24 on June 15, and June 25 on June 16, reports UNB.
Return tickets for June 28 will be available on June 19, June 29 on June 20, June 30 on June 21, July 1 on June 22, and tickets for July 2 will be sold on June 23.
Earlier, Railways Minister Mujibul Haque said seven pairs of special trains would run on various routes from June 23 to June 25 before Eid, and from June 28 to July 3 after Eid.
These trains are Dewanganj special (Dhaka-Dewanganj-Dhaka), Chandpur special-1 and Chandpur special-2 (Chittagong-Chandpur-Chittagong), Parbatipur Special (Parbatipur-Dhaka-Parbatipur) and Rajshahi Special (Rajshahi-Dhaka-Rajshahi).
Besides, two trains — Kishoreganj special-1 (Bhairab-Kishoreganj-Bhairab) and Kishoreganj special-2 (Mymensingh-Kishoreganj-Mymensingh) — will run on Eid day for the Sholakia Eid prayers, said the minister.
Government Railway Police (GRP), Railway Nirapatta Bahini (RNB), Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) will be deployed for preventing the sale of ticket in black market.
Meanwhile, the Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka Moitree Express will remain suspended on June 25 and 26 due to Eid.
In addition, all types of freight trains excluding those carrying containers and fuel will also remain suspended three days before Eid.
A total of 135 metre-gauge and 36 broad gauge coaches will be added to the existing coaches. With the addition of 171 coaches, 1,332 coaches will be carrying passengers this Eid.