Pub­lic hail 58pc rail­ways fares re­duc­tion in Ra­mazan

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD—A vast sec­tion of so­ci­ety has wel­comed Pak­istan Rail­ways’ de­ci­sion of re­duc­ing train fares by 58 per­cent dur­ing the holy month of Ramzan and two days of Eid. To pro­vide bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties to pas­sen­gers, the de­ci­sion has been taken on the di­rec­tives of Min­is­ter for Rail­ways, Khawaja Saad Rafique.

Pak­istan Rail­ways has re­duced the fares twice re­cently. In Ramzan the fares were re­duced from 10-25 per­cent and ad­di­tional 33 per­cent have been en­hanced in Eid-ul-Fitr. Rizwan Ali, a pas­sen­ger at Rawalpindi Rail­way Sta­tion, said “this step of the Rail­ways Min­istry will help in­crease num­ber of pas­sen­gers as peo­ple love to travel through trains.” How­ever, he said, more steps are re­quired from the Min­istry and man­age­ment of Rail­ways to make sure that trains leave and ar­rive on time. An­other pas­sen­ger Saeed Ahmed said that rail was the cheap­est and safest mode of trav­el­ling but it had per­sis­tently been ig­nored by the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment in the last many years.

“We have noted that many pos­i­tive steps have been taken since the PML-N gov­ern­ment came into power to at­tract max­i­mum pas­sen­gers,” he added. A fam­ily trav­el­ing to Lahore, said train was the best source of jour­ney with chil­dren and re­duc­tion of fare would help Pak­istan Rail­ways to earn more money along with fa­cil­i­tat­ing the pas­sen­gers.

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