Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sale of advance bus tickets for Eidul Azha begins

Sale of advance bus tickets for going to the northern region of the country from the capital on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha had begun on "first come first serve" basis Friday, said bus transport employees.

Employees of famous bus transports for northern districts -- Nabil Paribahan, Hanif Paribahan, Shyamoli Paribahan -- SR Paribahan -- said that they started selling advance tickets as per the decision of the leaders of bus owners' association.

"Leaders of Bus-Truck-Motor Malik Samiti (association of bus and track owners) at a sudden meeting held on Tuesday fixed the date and the fares" said the employees.

Usual fare for travelling to greater parts of northern districts (excluding Sirajganj and Bogra) is Tk 300 to 450 (non air conditioned) but it would be Tk 400 to 550 during the Eid.

The association decided to fix the fare at the same rate as during the Eid-ul-Fitr, said Shafikul Islam, manager of Nabil Paribahan.

He said during Eid prices of tickets will be Tk 100 to 130 higher than the ordinary fare.

Shafik said the tickets for November 11 to November 16 would be counted as Eid tickets, but before the mentioned dates the fare would be as usual.

Manager of Hanif Paribahan Md. Samad said all ticket seekers would get ticket on "first come first serve" basis and "so we have fixed the first day on a holiday (Friday) for selling the tickets."

However, on visiting the Gabtoli area Friday evening, the FE correspondent found thousands of ticket seekers lining at row outside the ticket counters. Most of them were seeking tickets of November 13 to 15.

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