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Steps taken for hassle-free train journey, minister says

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Staff reporter

Railways Minister Mazibul Hoque on Sunday said all measures have been taken to ensure that the homebound people do not face any hassle during their travel by train both ahead and after the Eid-ul-Fitr.

Talking to reporters while inspecting the opening of advance ticket sales at Kamalapur Railway Station, he also noted that the law enforcers will remain alert to check black marketing of train tickets.

Stern action will be taken against railway officials or law enforcers if they are found to be involved in the black marketing of tickets, the Railways Minister warned.

About the long queue observed in front of the ticket booths from the very beginning of the advance ticket sales, he said steps will be taken to increase the speed of the machines at the ticket booths.

The number of ticket booths will also be increased from tomorrow, if needed, he added.

Mazibul Hoque said about 60,000 advance tickets for trips starting from July 24 are expected to be sold everyday.

Security has been beefed up at some important railway stations, including those in Dhaka and Chittagong, he said, adding that police, RAB, BGB, Ansar, RNB and GRP members will be deployed at the railway stations to maintain law and order.

The sale of advance train tickets ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr began today (Sunday).

The advance sale of return tickets will begin on July 27. One person will be allowed to buy maximum four tickets, official sources said.

A total of 10 trains will run on several routes three days before the Eid and three days after the Eid.

Some 166 coaches will be added to the existing ones while 205 engines will be put on operation across the country to ensure smooth train services ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.

The tickets for the journey of July 25 will be available on July 21 while that for July 26 will be sold on July 22, for July 27 on July 23, and the ticket for July 28 will be available on July 24.

The return tickets for the journey of July 31 to August 4 will be sold on July 27 to July 31.