BD railway faces huge crowd for advance Eid Festival tickets

Dhaka, May 25 – A massive crowd was seen at Kamalapur Railway Station and Airport Railway station as Hundreds of ticket-seekers thronged the ticket counters. Everyone needed a ticket of June 3.
Ticket seekers gathered at the stations in huge numbers for the fourth consecutive day especially at Kamalapur and Airport railway stations with some people waiting for the counters to open since the night before. The crowd overflowed out of the stations as the working people, mostly middle-income people, residing in the capital want to go home on June 3 to celebrate the Eid with dear and near ones.
Ticket seekers also faced hassle to get service from the “Rail Sheba” application as it failed to give service on the earlier three days. The application was supposed to sell 50 percent of the day’s quota that is 13,350 tickets.
Some people said they could manage to buy tickets from the application but some alleged that they couldn’t. After eating sehari, many people came to the station as they failed to buy their tickets from the app and many stood on the line before Sehri. Until 9 am, the ticket seeker line sneaks up to the CNG auto-rickshaw stands, which is outside the Kamalapur station.
However, authorities said the server was running smoothly yesterday as they faced the problem for having the server was ‘little bit down’ on the previous day.
While talking to a ticket seeker at Kamalapur station, Khaibur Jha—working at a private organization—told journalists that he has purchased tickets for Khulna for June 3.
“My office will permit me to go after 2nd May. After the day I want to go to my home town as early as possible.”
A private banker, Muktar Ali told The Independent that he got the tickets around 11:00 am after waiting for nearly 12 hours. “I would not have to waste my valuable time if I could buy tickets online,” he added.
Abdul Khaleq was standing in the line at around 11 am for a ticket of Dinajpur-bound Ekota Express. He said that he stood in line at night but he still could not reach the ticket counter. “after 12 hours standing on the line, still many people are in front of me. I still do not know whether I will get the desired ticket or not,” he said.
Kamalapur Railway Station Manager, Sitangshu Chakrabarty, said that as per his experiences, most people prefer to purchase tickets two days before the Eid. – Staff Reporter