Railways to launch two new trains soon: Sheikh Rasheed
LAHORE: Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has claimed that Pakistan Railways (PR) will soon launch two new trains.
Addressing a presser at PR headquarter, Sheikh Rasheed two new trains from Karachi to Dhabeji and Karachi to Hyderabad will be launched soon.
He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the new trains.
The minister said that the PR was focusing on enhancing capacity of trains and low fares. Sheikh Rasheed said that timings of trains had also been revised for the convenience of people and the Rail-Car from Lahore to Islamabad would now run at 10am instead of 8am. The route of Sukkur Express was also being extended to Jacobabad and Shikarpur, he added.
He said that PR will ensure free WiFi facility at three trains including Green Line, Karachi Express and Tez Gam from the next week.
The minister said that a task force had been set up, comprising of nine PR officers to further improve freight trains network, adding that he would increase the number of freight trains from eight to 15, whereas efforts were being made to repair 100 coaches during every month.
“We want to establish the latest command and control center at PR Headquarters to replace traditional manual system,” he said.
The minister said that a summary regarding regularization of 8,000 PR contractual employees had been sent to the prime minister for approval.
Rasheed maintained that PR had managed to increase its revenue by one billion rupees within the first 50 days of the PTI government.