Fuel shortage shuts down 10 passenger trains


Express May 13, 2010

KARACHI:

Pakistan Railways shut down ten passenger trains on Thursday saying it is left with only three days of oil storage .


Railway authroties have also planned to shut down at least 120 non-revenue generating trains after a decrease in oil supply. The initial shutting down phase includes sixty routes with five per cent revenue generation.


Owing to the shortage Landi passenger train, Bahawalnagar Express and Multan to Khanewal train is no longer functional.


A similiar crisis is unfolding in Faisalabad where oil supply has been stopped after the Chairman Railways issued a circular declaring an acute shortage of fuel.


Earlier, Pakistan Railways reduced its oil stock from three month to one month due to increase in oil prices. It was further trimmed to seven days. Pakistan Railways pay an annual sum of Rs14 billion to purchase oil.

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