Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan said train tickets are being sold online in a bid to curb ticket sale on the black market.
The minister made the remarks after paying a visit to the Kamalapur Railway Station in Dhaka on Sunday.
Nurul Islam said online sale will reduce harassment and also save passengers money from buying high-priced tickets on black market.
When asked how people who are unable to buy tickets online will travel, the minister said: “I will not encourage anyone to travel without necessity amid the coronavirus pandemic. Educational institutions have not been opened yet and the country has not returned to normalcy.”
The use of technology in ticket sale will reduce corruption and save time. However, we will scrutinize the advantages and disadvantages of online sale in order to mitigate any problems, the minister added.
Bangladesh Railway resumed operation of intercity trains today and all trains will be operational gradually by the end of this month.
The authority took the decision more than two months after the resumption of rail operations on limited scale from May 31.
Earlier on March 24, all rail services were suspended to contain spread of coronavirus in the country.