PRs to run ex­tra spe­cial trains on Eid-ul-Fitr

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

ISLAMABAD—Pak­istan Rail­ways is plan­ning to raise num­ber of Eid Spe­cial Trains in or­der to en­sure max­i­mum fa­cil­i­ties to pas­sen­gers on Eid-ul-Fitr. ‘This year, we are plan­ning to ply ad­di­tional trains as com­pared to pre­vi­ous year on Eid-ul-Fitr. For this pur­pose, a com­pre­hen­sive ad­ver­tise­ment cam­paign will be launched to in­form pas­sen­gers,’ an of­fi­cial in Pak­istan Rail­ways Head­quar­ters told APP on Fri­day.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion of the Pak­istan Rail­ways was work­ing on the plan and a fi­nal de­ci­sion in this re­gard would be taken dur­ing next week, he added. Last year, he said, Pak­istan Rail­ways had run 14 Eid spe­cial trains to ac­com­mo­date max­i­mum num­ber of pas­sen­gers, who be­longed to far-flung ar­eas and wanted to cel­e­brate Eid with their near and dear ones.

He said that the trains were likely to run from Quetta, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Lahore and Pe­shawar, adding this move would also en­able rail­ways to gen­er­ate ex­tra in­come. ‘Pak­istan Rail­ways had taken sev­eral steps to fa­cil­i­tate the pas­sen­gers as rail­ways was a cheaper mode of trans­porta­tion for gen­eral pub­lic,’ the of­fi­cial said. A num­ber of na­tives are rush­ing to­ward Rail­way Sta­tions for ad­vance book­ing of tick­ets to cel­e­brate Eid-ul-Fitr in their home­town with their near and dear ones.

A re­port aired by a pri­vate news chan­nel said, as Rail­way be­gins is­su­ing ad­vance tick­ets to pas­sen­gers many trav­ellers in cities crowded at Rail­way sta­tion fac­ing prob­lems to even get tick­ets for early book­ing. ‘I had tried to get ticket but couldn’t suc­ceed. To­day, I have come here again to get the ticket on chance,’ Asad Umer told.

‘No ticket’ was the an­swer from the book­ing clerks at all the coun­ters as the trav­ellers rushed wit­nessed there at book­ing of­fices’, Cit­i­zens told. Mo­ham­mad Sabir a city traveller, who was go­ing to Karachi, said he usu­ally pre­ferred trav­el­ing in a bus, but this time de­cided to travel on train due to over­charg­ing of the road trans­porters.

Un­for­tu­nately when he con­tacted the Rail­way book­ing of­fice , he found no seat avail­able, he said. Naveed khan, who was go­ing to Pe­shawar, said he al­ways pre­ferred to travel home with his fam­ily on train be­cause road trans­port was un­af­ford­able.

One of the pas­sen­gers Ali Ikram who works in a gov­ern­ment of­fice said he is bach­e­lor and at any cost would cel­e­brate the Eid with his par­ents in Mul­tan. He said the only al­ter­na­tive left for him af­ter fail­ure to get book­ings from Pak­istan Rail­ways and coaches is nor­mal bus ser­vice but he feared that there would be an equal rush at the bus stands.

Also he said the con­duc­tors of bus and wag­ons charge ex­or­bi­tantly from the pas­sen­gers in the name of Eidi. Rail­way of­fi­cials in­formed that the short­age of seats had re­sulted in prob­lems for com­muters ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr. Book­ing of­fices in main cities claimed that, it is dif­fi­cult to get reservation of seats as most of the seats have been re­served by the peo­ple go­ing to the south of the coun­try in­clud­ing Karachi, Hyderabad, Rahim­yar Khan, Ba­hawalpur and Mul­tan.

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