Prime Minister Imran Khan has stated that in the first initial 3 months of the new Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) government, Pakistan Railways has earned an extra Rs 1.5 billion in profit. He revealed these numbers while addressing the inauguration ceremony of four more trains this Friday. He said that the achievement and the addition of new trains, adding value to the existing railway infrastructure, is a commendable effort by Minister of Railways, Sheikh Rasheed.
Railways are the most common and affordable option for travelling but since the last few years, the entire structure has been in tatters, resulting in extreme inefficiency.
These new and improvised policies are entirely focused on igniting the spark back, and bringing out its true potential. PM Imran Khan lauded the efforts of Sheikh Rasheed and said that it was only because of him that for the first time railway tracks are being set up and repaired to facilitate a common person.
Imran Khan also briefly touched the issue of political hiring in the railway department previously and directed Sheikh Rasheed to expel those who were not employed on merit and to make new hirings on the set criteria.
With this, Railway completes the 100-day plan. The launch of four additional trains was a part of PTI government’s 100-day agenda. With launching the new trains including, Faisalabad Express, Rehman Baba Express, Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai Express and Sindh Express. The government has achieved the target with 10 days in hands as it had already inaugurated six trains in the first two months.
Sindh Express will run from Karachi to Sukhar and will charge the passengers Rs 470 for economy class. Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai Express’s route will be Karachi to Mirpur Khaas and will charge passengers Rs 190 for economy class. Faisalabad Express will run from Faisalabad to Multan at a fare of Rs 260, while Rehman Baba Express will run from Peshawar to Karachi.
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