Train travel has become a nightmare in Naya Pakistan.
No matter how much the present government boasts about its exceptional performance of introducing 7 new trains, the Pakistan Railways has actually returned to the days where a delay of 3 to 4 hours in the arrival and departure of trains has become a regular practice.
During the reign of the former government, the punctuality of trains was in between 70percent to 80percent which has now come to just 30 to 35percent.
The passengers of the trains in the cities of Karachi, Peshawar, Sukkur, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Quetta and other cities are forced to wait for long hours at the stations.
The factors that have led to these delays are the often malfunctioning of the trains because of the overburdened railway’s operations and the lack of maintenance of trains.
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The trains which were preferred by the travellers owing to their exemplary timings—Shalimar Express, Awami Express and Tezgam are now late on a regular basis.
There have also been complaints about the misfunctioning of the air-conditioners in the trains.
Accidents too are pretty often these days. The latest one was of a cargo train which derailed near Rohri Railway Station yard and resulted in the closure of the track between Karachi and Lahore temporarily.
Additionally, the department is suffering financial losses as well.
The bogies shortage is also affecting on the operations of railways.
Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed—the minister of Railways recently told reporters that in the mid of oil prices surge, the fares of the economy class would be hiked by up to Rs.100 from the 1st of July, while a surge of 6 to 7percent would be witnessed in other classes.