Onlinedesk | 01 June 2018 | 2:34 pm
The ticket sale began on Friday, 15 minutes behind schedule due to server troubles.
Tickets of 31 intercity trains for Jun 10 travels are being sold at the Kamalapur Railway Station.
Advance tickets are offered from 26 counters, out of which two are for women. A passenger can buy a maximum of four tickets.
The ticket sale was expected to begin at 8am from the counters, but was caught in a technical glitch.
Hundreds of people waiting at the station for hours—much before the beginning of the sale—became impatient.
According to ticket sellers, the computer server did not work with the start of the sale. They failed to print tickets from their computers, hampering sales.
The railway authorities decided to sell five-day advance tickets taking the Eid-ul-Fitr celebration on Jun 16 into account.
Advance tickets for travelling on Jun 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 are being sold on June 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 respectively. Return tickets for Jun 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24 will be open for sale on June 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 correspondingly at Rajshahi, Khulna, Rangpur, Dinajpur and Lalmonirhat stations.
Delwar Hossain, who works for a private company, said he came to Kamalapur on Thursday night for the ticket of Dewanganj-bound Teesta Express.
“The road leading to our home is very bad. It takes five to six hours to cross Chandura. That’s why most of us prefer to go home by train.”
Echoing Delwar, Harun-or-Rashid, who came to buy tickets for Lalmonirhat, said, “The train journey is much safer. There is hardly any hassle. That’s why we brave all the troubles for train tickets.”
The railway authorities have added five special trains to the existing fleet to cope with the rush of passengers. The trains are Dewanganj Special, Chandpur Special-1, Chandpur Special-2, Rajshahi Special and Parbatipur Special.
Besides, the railway authorities will also operate Solakia Special-1 trains on Bhairab-Kishoreganj-Bhairab and Solakia Special-2 on Mymensingh-Kishoreganj-Mymensingh routes on the Eid day.
The rail authorities have added 184 additional coaches to the existing 1,221 coaches and 20 additional locomotives will be added to the existing 209 locomotives during the Eid travel.
Maitree Express, which runs on Dhaka-Kolkata route, will remain suspended from Jun 15 to Jun 18 and weekly holidays for all intercity trains have been cancelled for five days beginning on Jun 11.
Leave for railway officials have also been cancelled for six days during Eid.