On Saturday, the Pakistan Railways has restarted the Lahore-Wagah shuttle train service. The service has been restarted after like a gap of 22 years.
The service, which was previously planned to start from the 7th of December, would offer hassle-free travel facility to hundreds of travellers intending to witness the flag hoisting and lowering ceremony at Wagah or for visiting the Jallo park.
The Minister for Railways—Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed while talking to the local media after he inaugurated Lahore-Wagah shuttle train service operations said that they want to begin or restart the connection of the Lahore metropolitan city with its suburbs via the rail routes. He said that the Lahore-Wagah is a first step that would be followed by the train from Lahore to Riwind within the span of the next 15 days. He further added that in the month of January, they would be launching a Lahore to Gujranwala train that would be inaugurated by PM Khan.
The train would be taking an hour to reach the Wagah railway station by observing the stoppages at the Jallo and other local stations. It would be completing 3 round trips daily and would be offering the travelling facility to more than 1,000 passengers in 3 trips. The PR refurbished the 3 passenger coaches printed with outer pictures of the Minar-e-Pakistan, Rangers parade at the Wagah border, etc. Pakistan Railways has fixed fare of Rs.30 per passenger.
The minister mentioned that the core objective behind running the shuttle trains was not just to earn the revenue but also to offer hassle-free travelling to a number of people on a per-day basis. He said that they are currently operating 138 trains and soon would be inaugurating the work on the ML-1 project from Karachi to Peshawar.