The Ministry of Railway has decided to run six pairs of special trains for the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha and at the same time, the day-offs of all intercity trains plying to different destinations in the country have been cancelled.
Advance train tickets will go on sale from July 1. In addition, to reduce the suffering of ticket seekers, advance train tickets will be sold at seven places this time.
“Half of the total train tickets will be sold at the counter and half on the railway website through the rail service app. If you want to buy a ticket, you have to have a national identity card,” the railway minister said.
He said the national identity cards are also essential to register on the Rail Services app and Eid advance tickets will not be refunded.
“Special train tickets will only be sold at the railway stations,” the minister said, adding that they want to stop the ticket black market and therefore, they want to make sure that the tickets are only for those who will travel.
It was informed at the press conference that advance tickets for July 5 will be sold on July 1. Tickets for July 6 will be sold on July 2 while tickets for July 7 will be sold on July 3. Tickets for July 8 will be sold on July 4 and tickets for July 9 will be sold on July 5.
The sale of return tickets for Eid journey will start on July 7. Advance tickets for July 11 will be sold on this day.
These include Kamalapur Station, Kamalapur Upashohor Platform, Dhaka Airport, Tejgaon, Fulbaria, Dhaka Cantonment Station as well as Joydevpur Station.
Of the 6 special trains, two pairs will be run to Chandpur, one pair to Dewanganj, two pairs to Sholakia and one pair special train will travel to Panchagarh.
Due to the opening of the Padma Bridge, the Khulna special train has been cancelled this time, said the Railway Minister.
Tickets will be sold at the station counter and through the website and mobile apps from 8:00 am. Some 23 counters of Kamalapur Railway Station will be kept open and there will be one counter for women and persons with disabilities.
Container, fuel oil and freight trains will not operate for three days before Eid to facilitate the movement of passenger trains.
It was further informed at the press conference that no Dhaka-bound train ticket will be issued from Dhaka Airport Station from the first day of the Eid journey till the five days of Eid.
Meanwhile, Dhaka-bound Ekota, Drutajan, Panchagarh, Nilsagar, Kurigram, Lalmoni and Rangpur Express trains will not stop at Dhaka Airport Station from July 6 to July 9. Passengers of these trains have to board from Kamalapur Railway Station.