Pakistan Railways (PR) has decided to discontinue the special trains between Rawalpindi and Lahore due to a lack of passengers.
A PR official told ProPakistani that the minister of railways Saad Rafique, after learning about the lack of passengers, ordered to stop these trains. He learned that PR already runs three separate trains on that route, namely, Islamabad Express, Rawal Express, and Green Line.
The official added that the timings of the aforementioned three trains suited the passengers better and the two special trains were incurring losses due to the lack of passengers.
Although the fate of the special trains is uncertain, the PR official stated that they are likely permanently discontinued.
Minister of Railways Saad Rafique revealed recently that Pakistan Railways sustained a loss of Rs. 525 billion owing to the devastating monsoon season this year and the subsequent flood-related damages.
He made this revelation during a press conference at the Railways Headquarters in Lahore on Tuesday, appreciating the staff’s hard work to restore operations.
During a meeting before the press conference, the minister sought proposals to increase PR’s revenue. He commended the railway officials on the restoration of Karachi passenger train operations and the full occupancy of the Rehman Baba Express and Khyber Mail following the restoration.
He also discussed recovery options for the destroyed train tracks in the wake of floods.
Pak railways should have to to immediate action to restore the affected track and also prepare alternate tracks so that in future the train operation will not stop. They have to learn from other countries how train run in snow fall. Also pak railway has a huge idol land it should be rent out and earning should be spend on track and train to speed up the train.
What about the senior citizens fare
Rail, RailwayIs, mobility is the heart of nations. It is sad Climate Change/Rain Floods damaged Roling stocks of Pakistan Railways. May I suggest the Honorable Rail Minister consider Fajar prayers across the country seek mercy from Allah Rabbul Izzat to forgive us. I seek an audience with the Honorable Federal Minister Pakistan Railways to raise revenue optimisation from Freight Activity worldwide from the current Rolling stocks, with an ovelhall and activity from Freight/Goods in train, also coverage from under writing the risk of freight by the Freight Insurance companies. I’m well versed with UIC, EU, railways for freight service resumption, with international railways. My best wishes, and prayers to Allah Rabbul Izzat, we seek mercy.
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