Capital’s bus counters today witnessed a huge rush of ticket-seekers as the private bus operators started sale of advance tickets this morning for home-goers ahead of the holy Eid-ul-Fitr.
Witnesses said long queues were seen at Gabtoli, Technical, Kalyanpur, Sayedabad and Mohakhali bus terminals centering the selling of bus tickets for the people of northern and southern parts of the country.
According to reports poured from different bus counters, the sale of ticket began in the early morning as home-bound people gathered the bus terminals much earlier.
Eid holidaymakers thronged the capital’s different bus counters including Hanif Paribahan, Shyamoly, S R Paribahan and Al Hamra Paribahan.
Talking to media, a leader of Bangladesh Bus-Truck Owners Association said, Advance tickets are being sold from different counters of Gabtoli, Mazar Road, Kalyanpur, Shamoly, Sayedabad, College Gate and Kalabagan. Besides, tickets of Agomoni, Nabil, National and Desh Travels are being sold on online. Anyone can avail the ticket browsing “sohoj.com”.
State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury told journalists that no good-carrying vehicles (wagon) would be allowed to ply on the highways before and after seven days of the Eid.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) would start selling its tickets for the home-bound people from concerned depots from May 20 and the “Eid Special Service” would start from May 27 and would continue till Jun 10.
The tickets will be available at the bus depots of Motijheel, Joarshahara, Kalyanpur, Gabtoli, Mohammadpur, Mirpur, Jatrabari, Gazipur and Narayanganj (Fulbaria CBS-2) in the capital.
A total of 1,089 buses, including the newly imported 150 vehicles, will be in the fleet of Eid Special Service this year. Of those, 649 buses will run from Dhaka and 390 others from different districts and upazilas across the country.
Besides, 50 BRTC buses will be kept reserve to tackle any mishap or other unwanted situation.