Bangladesh : Advanced booking of bus tickets has begun ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha amidst familiar allegations of mismanagement and the charging of extra fare.
Long queues have been seen in Dhaka’s Gabtoli bus terminal, where the rush for tickets is the maximum every year.
The sale of tickets have simultaneously begun at Gabtoli, Kalyanpur, Shyamoli and the Mirpur Mazar Road bus counters on Friday morning.
The advance tickets at Sayedabad and Mohakhali bus terminals would be available from Saturday, while state-run BRCT would commence sale from Sep 16.
Some people alleged that higher than normal prices were being charged, while others complained that tickets were not available online, a facility several bus companies had promised passengers.
Many, however, were seen returning home happy after getting the tickets they sought after waiting in a long queue.
passengers standing in the long lines alleged that most bus counters opened between 7:30am and 8am, though ticket sale was supposed to begin from 6am.
Rasel Ahmed of Rangpur had been waiting for tickets at Kalyanpur since 6am. “It’s been over three hours. I don’t know whether I will get tickets.”
He alleged some people had ‘managed’ to lay their hands on tickets even without bothering to queue up.