Amid the ongoing coronavirus situation in the country, Bangladesh Railway is going to operate thirty-six more trains from next Thursday (27 Aug 2020) through maintaining the health guidelines and physical distance.
The decision came following an official order signed by Bangladesh Railway’s deputy director M Khairul Kabir here today.
These railway services are: Paharika and Udyan on Chattogram-Sylhet-Chattogram route, Egaro Sindhur Provati on Dhaka-Kishorganj-Dhaka, Jamuna express on Dhaka-Tarakandi-Dhaka route, Egaro Sindhur Godhuli on Dhaka-Kishorganj-Dhaka, Sonar Bangla express on Chattogram-Dhaka-Chattogram, Chattala express on Chattogram-Dhaka-Chattogram route, Kortoa express on Shantahar-Burimari-Shantahar, Barendra express on Rajshahi-Chilahati-Rajshahi, Silk city express on Rajshahi-Dhaka-Rajshahi, Sagardari express on Khulna-Rajshahi-Khulna, Dolonchapa express on Shantahar-Dinajpur-Shantahar, Dalarchar express on Dhalarchar-Rajshahi-Dalarchar, Dhaka/Chattogram Mail on Chattogram-Dhaka-Chattogram, Dewanganj commuter on Dhaka-Dewanganj Bazar-Dhaka, Balaka commuter on Dhaka-Jaria Jhanjail-Dhaka, Bogura commuter on Shantahar-Lalmonirhat-Shantahar, Rocket express on Khulna-Parbotipur-Khulna and Chilahati express on Parbotipur-Chilahati-Parbotipur route.
After suspending the passenger railway services on 24 March 2020 due to the spread of coronavirus, the operation of the first eight pairs or sixteen trains began on 31 May 2020.
The railway resumed more than twenty-two train services for the second time on 03 June 2020. The operation of four trains was suspended again, said the railway sources.
Meanwhile, a total of twenty-six train services –twenty-four are intercity and two commuters services-resumed on 16 August 2020. The intercity train service tickets will be sold online and mobile apps said the railway authority.
Only 50 percent of tickets of the total seat capacity of the trains will be sold and the sale of all standing tickets for the intercity train services will remain stopped.
The railway is operating a total of 355 cargo and passenger trains—where 100 are intercity trains.