KARACHI: 50 bogies imported from China for the Karakoram Express were added to the fleet of Pakistan Railways (PR) on Friday. Federal Railways Minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour inaugurated the ceremony held at the Karachi Cantonment Station platform number seven. Consul General of the Peoples Republic of China in Karachi Zhang Jianxin was also present.
On the occasion, the federal minister said that they would continue working for the betterment of PR, adding that the condition of trains would be improved further. He said that passengers would be provided all possible facilities.
Divisional Transportation Officer Kashif Rasheed, while talking to PPI, said that the development would provide better facilities to passengers as delays in arrival and departure of trains would reduce. He said the bogies were brand new; therefore, the train will now run smoothly while the overall performance of the train is also expected to get better.
Chairman Railway Workers Union Manzoor Ahmed Razi welcomed the development, but said that more bogies were needed for other trains as well in order to significantly improve the overall performance of the department. He said that the pace of repairing of locomotives must be increased in order to cut delays in arrival and departure times of trains, and more engines and power vans need to be imported.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 31st, 2012.