Bangladesh Railways (BR) will operate 11 pairs of special trains for the devotees of Bishwa Ijtema-2024, the second largest congregation of Muslims after the holy Hajj.
“Bangladesh Railways will launch 11 pairs of special trains on the occasion of Bishwa Ijtema,” Railways Minister Md Zillul Hakim yesterday announced this at a view-exchange-meeting with journalists at Rail Bhaban here.
The minister said the first phase of Biswa Ijtema will be held on February 2, 3 and 4, while the second phase will be held on February 9, 10 and 11.
Of these, a pair of trains named ‘Jumma Special-2’ will ply on the Dhaka-Tongi-Dhaka route on Febru-ary 2 and 9.
Another ‘Special-1′ pair of trains will run on Jamalpur-Tongi route on February 3 and 10.
On the occasion of Akheri Munajat slated for February 4 and 19, special trains will run on different routes.
Besides, five pairs of special trains will run on Dhaka-Tongi-Dhaka route, one pair on Tongi-Mymensingh-Tongi route and one special train on Tongi-Tangail-Tongi route. Meanwhile, two pairs of special trains will run on Ishwardi-Tongi-Ishwardi route.
The minister also said from February 1-4 and February 8-11, all intercity, mail and commuter trains bound for Dhaka will stop at Tongi station for 3 minutes.
On February 4 and February 11, all intercity, mail and commuter trains, excepting Suborna, Sonar Bangla, Cox’s Bazar and Parjatak Express will make 3 minutes stopover at Tongi station.
The minister, however, said all Intercity Mail or Express and Local trains will be provided with addi-tional coaches as per coach availability and passengers’ demand.