Railways has finalized the schedule of another pair of new trains on the Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar route. This intercity train named ‘Tourist Express’ will start running on January 10. This non-stop train will stop only at Dhaka Airport and Chittagong Station.
The schedule of this new train from Eastern Railway has been fixed today on Tuesday. A letter has been sent to the concerned department after finalizing the seats and schedule of the ‘Tourist Express’ train from the eastern part of the railway.
In the letter signed by Assistant Chief Operating Superintendent of Eastern Railway, Mohammad Abu Bakkar Siddiqui, it was informed that the ‘Tourist Express’ will leave the capital’s Kamalapur station at 6:30 in the morning. This train will reach Chittagong at 11:20 am. 20 minutes break will be given at this station. Then it will reach Cox’s Bazar at three o’clock.
Again the train will leave Cox’s Bazar for Dhaka at 8 pm. Will arrive at Chittagong station at 10:50 PM. And will reach Dhaka at 4:30 in the morning.
Assistant Chief Operating Superintendent of Eastern Railway, Mohammad Abu Bakkar Siddiqui, told Prothom Alo that there are 785 seats in this train. Out of this 115 seats are allocated for Chittagong station. The number of seats may be increased from Chittagong in future. This train service will be closed every week on Sunday.
According to railway sources, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has approved the name of this new train. The train will be operated with newly imported coaches from South Korea.
Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar train service started last December 1. A pair of trains are now plying on the Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar route. Due to the huge demand for tickets, there are also allegations that tickets are black marketed.
The fare of the new train is fixed at the same rate as the previous train. Distance from Dhaka to Cox’s Bazar is 346 km. In this way, the fare of the decorative chair of the inter-city train has been fixed at 500 taka. Air-conditioned (AC) chair rent is Tk 961, AC seat rent is Tk 1,150 and every passenger has to pay Tk 1,725 for sleeping. According to the prothomalo