The Pakistan Railways has taken the decision of outsourcing the commercial management of 8 passenger trains to the private sector for providing better passenger service to the travelers.
As per reports, the railway department sought proposals from the private sector for the outsourcing of commercial management of the passenger trains. In a statement, the spokesperson of the railway department said that eight passenger trains are being privatized.
The trains include Karachi-Rawalpindi Sir Syed Express, Karachi-Havelian Hazara Express, Karachi-Lahore Shalimar Express, Lahore-Mari Indus Mianwali Express, Lahore-Sialkot Narowal Passenger, Karachi-Mirpur Khas Mehran Express, Lahore-Multan Moenjo Daro Express, and Lahore-Multan Badar Express.
It surfaced that proposals have been sought for three routes for the Moenjo Daro Express passenger train including Karachi-Multan en route Jacobabad, Kotri-Multan en route Jacobabad, and Kotri-Sukkur en route Dadu.
A pre-bid conference was also arranged at Pakistan Railways’ headquarters in Lahore for the privatization of the passenger trains, whereas, tender documents will be issued by the higher officials.
The department will accept technical proposals until the 13th of November which will be opened on the same day.
Under the privatization plan, the trains’ staff will be managed by the private sector, however, locomotives, bogies, technical assistance, and fuel will be provided by the railway management.
Previously, Sheikh Rasheed-the minister for Railways had announced that 8 more trains would be privatized from the 12th of November, besides revival of rail car running between Lahore-Rawalpindi from November 30.
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