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28 special trains to ferry Ijtema devotees

33Bangladesh Railway has decided to run 28 special trains for Bishwa Ijtema devotees to Tongi from different parts of the country.

The railway authorities are going to introduce these trains in two phases of Bishwa Ijtema starting from January 8-10 and from January 15-17, said Railway Minister Md Mujibul Huq.

The first phase of the Bishwa Ijtema is scheduled to be held on January 8-10 and the second on January 15-17.

While talking to reporters on Tuesday morning, the minister said: “As part of the smooth transportation of the devotees we have suspended some train services while a few others will be operated regularly without any break. Besides, every intercity trains has been asked to have a two-minute break.”

On the other hand, Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) has also decided to run special bus services from January 6 to 19 for ferrying devotees.

Besides, 20 buses will run on Dhaka-Narayanganj route, 20 on Chittagong Road-Savar route and 15 on Dhaka-Comilla route.

The BRTC will also operate three buses for foreign devotees from airport to Ijtema venue.

The three-day Bishwa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after the Hajj, is set to begin on the bank of the River Turag at Tongi, Gazipur on Friday.