Khawaja Saad Rafique, the minister of railways, said on Friday that the Green Line Passenger Train would finally begin service on January 27 from Islamabad to Karachi.
The minister stated in a tweet that Pakistan Railways is prepared to restart Green Line Passenger Train service between Islamabad and Karachi as a superior service to assist passengers and earn income for the department.
According to a representative of the Ministry of Railways, “the train is composed of two AC Parlor, five AC Business, six AC Standards, and four to five economy class coaches which would facilitate the passengers on the journey.”
According to him, the choice was made in accordance with the Minister of Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique’s requests for the best passenger train accommodations for the Green Line.
According to the person, the minister also gave the official in question instructions to cut the Green Line’s Lahore to Karachi journey time to under 20 hours, which would help boost passenger confidence in the nation’s trains.
“It has also been agreed to offer the best travel amenities possible, including the supply of high-quality cuisine and maintaining a reasonable ticket price, in the Green Line train. Additionally, a separate LCD will be installed on each seat in the AC Parlor so that guests may watch their preferred videos using headphones, the official said.
It is important to note that the Green Line Train’s operations were originally set to begin on December 20 of last year, but owing to various financial and other obstacles, they will instead begin in the middle of January. In response to a query, he stated that Pakistan Railways will also speed up improvements in the services of the passenger trains as well as at the main railway stations by incorporating the private sector, which would assist solve mounting challenges, notably linked to cleanliness.
The department did not believe that the cleanliness-related services provided in trains and at important stations, such as Lahore, Faisalabad, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Quetta, Peshawar, Khanewal, Sukkur, Sahiwal, Multan, and Bahawalpur, were sufficient, he continued. The hygienic conditions at stations and on trains should be improved, he claimed, which would also help passengers’ confidence in the department if private sector services were engaged quickly.
According to the source, the minister also directed them to speed up their efforts to implement a policy that would provide consistency to the layout and signboards of the stalls at the main railway stations. According to the source, the government was adopting a number of measures to enhance Pakistan Railways’ performance and would give the general public the best services possible.