Bangladesh Railway has started passenger trains from May 24 after a long hiatus to prevent corona infection. However, in the first phase, 26 pairs of inter-city and 9 pairs of commuter trains started running, but from Wednesday (June 9), 10 more pairs of inter-city and 9 pairs of commuter trains have been added to the fleet.
This information has been informed in a notification of the Ministry of Railways.
The notification said that due to the lockdown, all passenger trains stopped running on April 5. From May 24, 24 pairs of inter-city and 9 pairs of mail and local trains with half of the seats will be running. Currently, all intercity train tickets are being sold online and on the app. On Tuesday (June 6) half the tickets are being sold from the station counter.
The inter-city trains running from today are Dhaka-Mymensingh-Tarakanda’s ‘Agniveena Express’, Dhaka-Sylhet’s ‘Jayantika / Upban Express’, Chittagong-Sylhet’s ‘Paharika / Udayan Express’, Rajshahi-Chilahati’s ‘Barindra Express’. ‘Border Express’, ‘Kurigram Express’ of Dhaka-Kurigram, ‘Panchagarh Express’ of Panchagarh-Dhaka and ‘Banglabandha Express’ of Panchagarh-Rajshahi.
The 10 pairs of mails and commuters being introduced are Dhaka / Chittagong Mail, Surma Mail, Titas Commuter, Dewanganj Commuter, Mymensingh Express, Mahua Commuter, Rajbari Express, Biral Commuter, Bogra Commuter and College Train.
The railway fleet has a total of 362 pairs of passenger trains including 102 pairs of inter-city trains. Of these, 52 pairs have been introduced in two phases. Half of the total seats in these trains will be transported in compliance with the hygiene rules, the notification said.
Meanwhile, the Railways has started the journey of selling tickets at the counter through advance sale of train tickets on Tuesday. From now on, half of the total passenger seats will be available at regular and advance ticket counters.
The crowd at the inter-city ticket counters at Dhaka’s Kamalapur station was relatively low yesterday. As a reason, station master Nripendra Saha said, ‘The number of trains is less, so there will be less passengers. Passengers are being transported in half seats on it. Half of the tickets are being sold online. So all in all the passenger pressure at the counter is less.
Sardar Shahadat Ali, Additional Director General (Operations) of Bangladesh Railway, said instructions were issued to sell tickets at the counter on June 1. As per the instructions, advance sale of tickets for Tuesday has started at the counter from June 4. To avoid the risk of corona, the train is running in half the seats following the government instructions. Tickets for these trains are available at the counter and online at the same time.