Stay online on the Green Line from Karachi to Islamabad

Published: April 21, 2015
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New train service, starting from May 15, offers free WiFi, air-conditioned coaches. STOCK IMAGE

New train service, starting from May 15, offers free WiFi, air-conditioned coaches. STOCK IMAGE

KARACHI: Pakistan Railways’ new train service is no ordinary service. Set to launch on May 15, the Green Line offers its passengers free WiFi facilities, all the way from Karachi to Islamabad and back.

“The train comprises air-conditioned business coaches, with free WiFi facilities as well as complimentary breakfast and tea,” railways division officer Muhammad Nasir told The Express Tribune.

According to Nasir, the locomotive engines and business coaches that had been imported from China in the past will be used for the Green Line. “It was not very costly to launch this service, since we just had to renovate the coaches we already had.”

When asked why the Pakistan Railways found it necessary to initiate this service, Nasir replied that they had been receiving an excellent response from passengers. “A large chunk of the population now wants to travel by train because of our improved services,” he said. “Keeping their desire to have a safer, comfortable journey, we decided to launch the Green Line.”

He explained that the train will leave Karachi’s Cantt Station at 9:30am every morning, reaching Margalla Station in Islamabad at 8:45am the next morning. “Meanwhile, another train will leave Islamabad at 3:15am daily, arriving in Karachi at 2:30am the next night,” he added, saying that two trains will be used for the service, with tickets costing Rs5,000 per passenger.

Nasir further said that the train will go from Karachi to Hyderabad, stopping at Rohri, Khanewal, Lahore and Rawalpindi before arriving in Islamabad.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 22nd, 2015. 

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  • May 15, 2015 - 3:04PM

    Train is very good project But departure time 3.30am is not suitable. So reconsider Islamabad timeRecommend

  • Zaheer
    May 16, 2015 - 1:36AM

    The launching of Green Line Train is a brain child of Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq for which he deserves appreciation. It is a good idea to provide best available services to commuters travelling between Karachi & Islamabad. When Khawaja Saad took charge of railway the PR was in dilapidated condition many trains were shut down and trains were not running according to their schedule timings but through his hard working ability we are witnessing the cheapest travelling on right track. But one is concerned about the maintenance and services of this type of luxury train as it has been observed that after sometime the services gradually evaporate. On the other hand Railway minister should also reconsider the duration of travelling as in this hectic life everyone wants to reach their destination as soon as possible, specially the business community where the time matters lot as the life is very fast and time is money. I hope the minister will also start train service between Karachi & Mirpur Khas as there were two trains namely Mehran & Shah Latif Express which were stopped by the management. The people of Karachi, Hyderabad and Mirpur Khas are still deprived of this economical mean of transport.Recommend

  • Nazir Ul Haq
    May 26, 2015 - 11:43AM

    The only PML(N) minister who has been performing very well. May Allah Help him. Green Line is a very good one and a nice addition to the PR but the seat availability is as usual problem. This is not the problem of green line alone. it is an everlasting problem with the entire PKR though at the time of departure there could be several tens of seats going without passenger. To curb this there should be an online booking and then the PR response to the booking requests, both should be logged some where and then the logs should be checked against the seat booked and availed, and if a discrepancy is found then there must be someone to either justify or face accountability. Recommend

  • Sultan Mehmood
    May 29, 2015 - 3:53AM

    PML N, you might just elected again! Well Done! But, keep it up!Recommend

  • Khalid Hafeez Khan
    May 30, 2015 - 12:30PM

    I would like to say that Pakistani Government should also think over to make such policies for Pakistani people who are living and settled abroad so they can travell and get reservation earlier.Recommend

  • sher bahader
    Jun 13, 2015 - 3:18PM

    please we need contact no to book ticket earlier,need reservation offfice noRecommend

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