Cargo train restored after seven years gap

MULTAN: After a lapse of seven years, Pakistan Railways (PR) has launched cargo train operating between Faisalabad and Karachi on daily basis recently.

The train will run at 11:00 pm from Faisalabad and via Shorkot, Khanewal, Multan, Samma Satta, Khanpur, Tando Adam, Rohri reaches Karachi at 3:00 am the next morning.

Consisting of 9 wagons, the cargo train is expected to bring Rs 2 million income to PR, according to an estimate.

Two PR officials from headquarter are supervising the operations.

Business community of these areas hailed the step initiated by PR, says an official release issued here on Monday.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Railways will re-launch Kohat-Rawalpindi Express within few days as all arrangements in this regard have been finalized.

A Railways official informed APP that the Kohat-Rawalpindi rail track had been rehabilitated besides renovating and rehabilitating four Railway Stations, two each in Rawalpindi and Peshawar divisions to facilitate the passengers of  Kohat Express.

After a closure of few years, Pakistan Railways would re-launch the train service between Rawalpindi and Kohat to provide cheaper traveling facilities to the people of Kohat, he said adding, the train would have around 400 passengers capacity.

The train service was suspended between the two cities due to financial crunch in the Pakistan Railways, he said.Now, the PR’s financial position was improving gradually and it had re-launched some other trains, he added.

The Kohat Express is being re-started as former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had announced operation of the train last year during a public meeting held in Kohat.

To a question he said, final date for the launching would be announced later.

The train would reach its destination from Rawalpindi to Kohat within three hours and 30 minutes covering Golra Sharif, Fateh Jhang, Basal and Jand stations.