The Pakistan Railways on the instructions of Khawaja Saad Rafique—the Federal Minister of Railways have made an announcement for the reduction of more than ten percent in rail fares for the long distance travelling passengers of Rawalpindi to Karachi.
Raza Habib—the Divisional Commercial Officer (DCO) of Pakistan Railways informed that for facilitating the railway passengers, the Pakistan Railways have decided to reduce the fares from rupees 5,990 to rupees 5,390, thus reducing a total of rupees six hundred for the passengers willing to travel from Margala to Karachi Cantt.
Similarly, the passengers travelling to Karachi Cantt from Rawalpindi would also be paying the fare of rupees 5,390 instead of the old fare amount.
He further mentioned that because of the increased security initiatives and the improved quality and punctuality of the railways, the passengers travelling via rails are increasing on a per day basis. In the Rawalpindi Division for the yea,r 2017 more than 42,56,318 passengers travelled through the rail service. He informed that the railway Rawalpindi division earned a total of rupees 1,864.213 million in 2017.
He said that because of the continuous efforts and hard work of the railways management, workers and officers, the income of the Rawalpindi division has remarkably increased.
Many measures were taken by the management for facilitating the passengers which includes e-ticketing and the duplicate ticket facility. Raza further informed that a total of sixteen CCTV cameras had been installed to make sure that fool proof security is provided to the passengers present at the platform, while walking through the gates. Cameras have also been installed at the entrance points.
He also said that scanners were also installed at the railway station to ensure that luggage, parcels and other booked items are checked before they are transported to other cities of the nation.
He added that police conduct random checks on trains and stations with the target to protect the many passengers who wish to travel by trains.
It is important to mention that the passengers of railways have expressed their delight on the reduction in fares and have said that this would encourage the people to travel to their destinations via trains.
The people added that a continuous improvement is being noticed in the Railway operations over the last five years.