RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Railways, Rawalpindi Division has planted over 22,000 saplings under the spring tree plantation campaign 2019 in different areas of the division including 100 railway stations, railway colonies, platforms and other areas for a healthier and sustainable environment.
Talking to the media, Railways Rawalpindi Divisional Commercial Officer Hamid Farooq Qureshi informed that different saplings like Bohar, Sukh Chain, Neem, Mulberry, Sada Bahar, Arjun, Sheesham and others were being planted in the division to make the environment green and beautiful.
Pakistan Railways Rawalpindi Division would plant 50,000 saplings under the on-going spring tree plantation campaign in different areas of the division.
To a question he informed that on the directives of Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed the railway's teams had accelerated their operation against the menace of ticket-less travelling.
Special raiding teams of Rawalpindi Railway Division were carrying out surprise checks on various trains.
He said that the menace of travelling without tickets in trains was decreasing day by day due to strict measures by the department.
Dining cars were also being inspected by the officials to ensure that hygienic food was served to passengers, he added.
Railway authorities had taken strict notice of the complaints from some people about serving sub-standard food on trains despite the high prices, he added.
He informed that due to enhanced security measures, quality service and punctuality, the train passengers were increasing day by day.
He said, out of a total 46 trains running from Rawalpindi Division, 40 including Green Line, Tezgam, Pakistan Express, Hazara Express, eight Lahore Railcars , Mehar Express and Kohat Railcar start their journey from Rawalpindi while six including Khyber Mail, Awam Express and Jaffar Express start their journey from Peshawar and cross through the division.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 12th, 2019.