Railways to launch new train for low-income people: Sheikh Rashid

Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Wednesday said that Pakistan Railways is now planning to launch new train named as Rehman Baba only for the low income people of the country.

He mentioned this during a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Railways, which met under the Chairmanship of Senator Muhammad Asad Ali Khan Junejo and was attended by Senators Gianchand, Saadia Abbasi, Imumuddin Shouqeen, Chief Executive Officer Pakistan Railways Aftab Akber and other senior officials of the Ministry of Railways.

Ahmed said the possibility of the new train was under process and it would be only economy class that would meet the need of poor people of the country.

Regarding the Main Line-1 and Main Line-II, the minister said the ministry of Railways is going to take important decisions about these lines in coming 30-60 days.

“We are going to bring the track between Sukkar and Karachi as per the expectations of the people as we did not pay attention on tracks across the country,” the Minister added.

Sheikh Rashid said that shipping trains play vital role in any railways and now Pakistan Railways was operating only eight to ten cargo trains from Karachi, adding that the department is making efforts to increase these trains from 12 to 13.The Minister said that Pakistan Railways was inviting private partners to run the shipping trains after completing 90 days, any private parties can run these trains on public private partnership that will increase the revenue for the organization.