Residents of Khulna and Sylhet cities yesterday endured hassles to get train tickets, including advance tickets to Dhaka after Eid vacation, due to mismanagement in railway authority's ticket distribution.
Meanwhile, advance train tickets were sold in Rajshahi and Chittagong amidst mixed demands from passengers.
According to the railways ministry's order, return tickets for June 20 were supposed to be sold yesterday.
Ticket counters at Sylhet Railway Station were not overcrowded but no ticket was available, our Sylhet correspondent reported.
During a visit to the station, the correspondent found some people seeking advance tickets (for after Eid). But the staff at counter said all tickets were sold.
Arif Rahman, a student, said after failing to get tickets from the counter, he managed two “chair coach” tickets in exchange for some “tips” to an Ansar man there.
Kazi Shahidur Rahman, station master at Sylhet Railway Station, said, “We have enough tickets for returning passengers to Dhaka after Eid.”
He said selling tickets outside the counter is strictly prohibited, adding that they were vigilant and looking into any mismanagement.
Hundreds of passengers, including women and children, waited for hours in front of the ticket counter at Khulna Railway Station since 8:00am.
They tried alternative options like getting tickets without seats.
Many of them looked for train tickets for June 20.
Parvin Sultana, 65, from the city's Tutpara Central Road, was waiting in a queue at Khulna Station since morning with her granddaughter Milky.
She needed an hour to reach the counter and when she could do so the staff at the counter announced that allotted tickets were sold for the day.
After hearing this, she looked for tickets through other means.
“I am ready to go to Savar by any means on June 20 or June 21. If I get two tickets without seat I will take those,” she added.
Meanwhile, many in Rajshahi alleged they did not get tickets because of mismanagement allegedly by railway staff.
Executive Magistrate Iqbal Hasan in Rajshahi said corruption in selling railway tickets was reduced due to activities of mobile courts in the last three days, our Rajshahi correspondent reported.
The mobile courts were monitoring the sale for six hours daily since morning, he said.
Sale of return tickets continued for the second day at Chittagong Railway Station yesterday.
The sale began on Sunday and will continue till June 13, our Chittagong correspondent reported, quoting the railway authorities.
Yesterday, return tickets for June 20 were sold for inter-city trains.
A total of 7,933 tickets were released on Sunday for June 19, among which around 50 percent tickets were sold.
The same number of tickets was released on the second day but the demand was low compared to the previous day, said Md Abul Kalam Azad, station manager at Chittagong Railway Station.