Sale of advance train tickets ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr ended on Sunday amid complaints that many holidaymakers could not buy tickets online.
Many people returned home without getting tickets for June 4 as the allotted tickets were finished, ticket seekers claimed.On the last day of train ticket sale, a large number of people stood in long queues in all the counters set up in five places — Fulbaria, Kamalapur Station, Airport Station, Banani Station and Tejgaon Station.
Like the previous four days, sale of Eid advance tickets started in the morning on Sunday amid allegations of dilly-dallying in proving tickets to holidaymakers.
For the first time, the railway started sale of tickets at five different places in the capital to ensure smooth ticketing system of trains for reducing sufferings of home goers during Eid and 50 percent tickets were reserved for purchasing through online.
But the move has backfired after numerous customers complained of being unable to buy tickets through online.
While visiting Kamalapur, old railway building at Fulbaria and Tejgaon station, crowds of Eid travellers were seen waiting overnight for tickets of June 4 as the holiday will start from the day.
Ticket seekers claimed that they have been waiting for 14 to 18 hours for the desired tickets as the tickets are being provided on ‘first-come, first serve’ basis, they alleged.Earlier, sale of advance train tickets started on Wednesday 22.
Tickets for May 31, June 1, 2, 3 and 4 were sold on May 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26 respectively.
The return tickets will be available from May 29. The tickets for June 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 will be available on May 29, 30, 31, June 1 and 2 respectively.
This year Railway will operate 16 specials trains on the occasion of Eid.