Bangladesh Railway will start selling advance train tickets in Chittagong from Saturday ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr journeys.

The tickets will be sold from the new station counters.

Advance tickets for April 27 will be sold on Saturday while the tickets for April 28, 29, 30 and May 1 will be sold on April 24, 25, 26, and 27 respectively, according to sources.

Half of the tickets will be sold from the counters and the rest online.

This year, a passenger will be able to collect four tickets on the condition that he or she carries a NID card. The Eid special tickets are non-returnable.

Ratan Kumar Chowdhury, manager at the Chittagong Railway Station, hoped that ticket seekers would be able to collect tickets without much hassle this year.

Security officials told Bangla Tribune that a makeshift camp would be set up at the station for round-the-clock monitoring to avert any untoward incident.

According to the new stopover plan, technical landing facilities at Manchester will cost Tk5.5 crore per round trip. Local aviation experts had suggested a stopover in an Asian country instead, as it would be cheaper.

Biman formed a four-member committee, led by Biman Director (Flight Operations) Capt ABM Ismail, to conduct the feasibility on the Dhaka-Toronto route. According to the committee, Manchester was chosen for the stopover as it is a major city with a rich industrial heritage in the northwest of England, and it is home to over 100,000 Bangladeshi expatriates.

Manchester can also double up as a connection point for flights to New York. Biman will get further advantage as it has already operated flights to Manchester.

The authorities have laid out a set of specific guidelines to stop sale of tickets in the black market this year.

Detectives in plainclothes will be deployed in the station area to check ticket black marketeering and anyone found guilty will be brought to book.