Dr Arif Alvi—the President on Wednesday inaugurated the Karachi local train service—Dhabeji Express after like a gap of eleven years. The train is inaugurated with the objective of controlling the pressure on the ramshackle transport system in the busiest metropolis of Pakistan.
The inauguration ceremony was conducted at the Railway Station—Karachi, where the president of Pakistan was present as a chief guest while the Minister of Railways—Sheikh Rasheed and other officials of the Pakistan Railway were also among the attendees of the occasion.
Mr president congratulated the Railways minister while addressing the ceremony for the revival of the local train service after like a gap of many years.
He said that Karachi was undergoing a severe shortage of public transport service and the local train service would prove advantageous for the people of Karachi.
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He also said that Karachi Circular Railway Service was in dire need of the hour and railways is taken to be as the most beneficial mode of transportation in the complete world.
Arif Alvi said that increased corruption has been witnessed by the Pakistan Railways and is on the edge of collapse. He told about the private sector’s interest in regard to providing support to the local train service. He informed that eighty per cent freight is transported by roads and asked Sheikh Rasheed to take steps for shifting the load fifty to sixty per cent on the railway.
During the ceremony, the Railways Minister said that many parties contacted him and showed interest in starting five local trains. He promised to bring railways out of deficit.
Dhabeji Express was inaugurated with the announcement of free ticket for today. It would be commencing its daily operations from today that is the 1st of November for the general public. The departure time of the local train from the city station is around 7 am and 5:45 pm and would go through seven stations which includes Malir City, Landhi, Drigh Road and others. The people would be charged in between twenty-five to eighty rupees depending on the station and the covered distance.
It is important to mention that the local train service in Karachi was for the first time inaugurated in the 60s and at that time more than a dozen local trains were introduced having 3 different routes across the city. In the years 2007-2014 the local trains operating within the city were ended.