Bangladesh Railway will operate 28 special trains for the devotees participating in the two phases of the Ijtema that starts from Friday next at Tongi, BSS reports. Alongside, two juma special train services also will be operated on Dhaka-Tongi-Dhaka route on January 8 (Friday), at the first day of the Ijtema. Railway Minister M Mujibul Haq told this at a press conference at the Rail Bhaban here today.
As per the schedule, four special trains will be operated from Jamalpur and Akhaura before two days of the Akheri monajat and a special train will also be operated on Laksham-Tongi route before the day of Akheri monajat.
On the day of Akheri monajat, a total 14 train services—each seven on Dhaka-Tongi and another seven on Tongi-Dhaka route will be operated. Even, one special train will be operated on Tongi-Laksham route, two special trains on Tongi-Akhaura route and four special trains will be operated on Tongi-Mymensingh route on the eve of the Akheri-Munjat.
“Twenty additional coaches will be added with all inter-city mail express and local trains to ease the travelling by the devotees participating from different parts of the country”, Haq added. Meanwhile, for convenience of travelling by the devotees, a total 29 inter-city train heading toward the capital will halt at the Tongi station for two minutes starting from five days ahead of the akheri munajat, said the minister.
The regular train services like Subarna Express, Tista Express, Kalni Express, Mahua Express, Turag Express, Dhaka-Naryanganj commuter, Dhaka-Tongi commuter, Dhaka-Jaydebpur commuter and Dhaka-Comilla commuter will be suspended during the day of akheri munajat.
About the security measures, the railway minister told the journalists that “police and security forces will be deployed at all the stations from Dhaka to Jaydebpur for keeping the law and order situation peaceful; adding that a police control room will be opened up on the platform of Tongi railway station.”
A total of sixteen close-circuit (CC) cameras also will be set up at Tongi railway station. Additional secretary of the Railway Ministry Nikhil Chandra Das, additional director general of Bangladesh Railway (operation) M Habibur Rahman, additional director general (infrastructure) Rafiqul Alam, among others, were present.