Brisk business on rail ticketing

BR still paying extra to CNS even after agreement expiry

Staff Correspondent

27 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The Computer Network System (CNS) has reportedly unleashed a reign of unilateral business over ticketing system in Bangladesh Railway.

The networking company in collaboration with a vested quarter has been making brisk business for over 14 years. Though the duration of its agreement with the Bangladesh Railway has already expired in March last, it extended its time several times and continued selling tickets.

Later, the railway authority through an open tender allocated for selling the railway tickets. But the CNS filed a writ petition challenging Sohoz’s ticket selling process. As the agreement with Sohoz has been stopped by the court, the railway authority is selling the tickets through the CNS company.

As per the previous agreement, the CNS will get the same percentage. But if the agreement with Sohoz had been approved, it would get 25 paisa per ticket. According to the previous agreement, the CNS used to get Tk 2 and 99 paisa per ticket comparing Tk 2 and 74 paisa higher than Sohoz.

On an average, a total of 33,33,000 railway tickets are sold in each month. For failure to pass the new agreement with Sohoz, the railway authority is to pay extra Tk 91.32 lakh to the CNS company.        

Railway Minister Nurul Islam Sujon told the newsmen that they wanted to sign a new agreement with another ticketing company through tender bidding, but couldn’t due to some problems.