Railways reduces its fares for business community

Greenline Train to be restored from next month


BILAL GHAURI November 27, 2022
Pakistan Railways. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE:

Pakistan Railways has reduced the fares of its container trains, freight coaches and wagons by Rs10,000 to Rs23,350.

The reduction in fares was applied in Karachi, Multan, Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Lahore among other cities.

According to the details, the railway authorities have reduced the fares of containers chugging between Karachi and various cities of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Container fares from Karachi will be reduced by Rs10,000. Container fares have been reduced from Rs170,000 to Rs160,000 while the fare of the big freight bogie has also been reduced by Rs10,000 from Rs195,000 to Rs185,000.

The fare of the small freight bogie has been reduced from Rs182,000 to Rs170,000, reflecting a drop of Rs12,000.

Similarly, the fare of the big high copper wagon has been reduced from Rs432,420 to Rs409,070, showing a decline of Rs23,350. The fare of the small high copper wagon has been reduced by Rs20,990 to Rs263,825 from the earlier Rs284,815.

According to the notification issued in this regard, the decision of reducing the fares of containers and freight bogies has been implemented.

Meanwhile, the railways also decided to expedite work on the installation of electric arc furnace at Mughulpura workshops. According to a spokesperson, almost 75 per cent of foundation work had been completed.

Meanwhile. the railways decided to restore Greenline Train between Rawalpindi and Karachi via Lahore from the next month. The decision was made in a meeting presided over by Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique held at the PR Headquarters on Saturday.

It was decided that the Greenline Train would be operated as a superior service with two coaches of AC Parlour, five AC Business, six AC Standard whereas four to five economy class coaches will also be included.

The minister also directed to reduce time of the train between Lahore and Karachi to facilitate people. It was decided in the meeting that the best traveling facilities, including quality meal, would be provided in the train.

A separate LCD will be installed with each seat of the AC Parlour compartment. In a separate meeting, the minister directed to repair track at ML-2 on an urgent basis.

He sought suggestions about the restoration of Fareed Express and Pakistan Express in two days and ordered for restoring trains by keeping income in view.

The minister has also called a meeting on the next Saturday to get briefing about composition and revenue of each train. The minister lauded Divisional Superintendent Peshawar Nasir Khalili for taking action against encroachments in Peshawar division.

With additional input from APP

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