Green Line set to return announces Pakistan Railways
Pakistan Railways has announced to relaunch the Green Train, which runs from Islamabad to Karachi, providing improved services to passengers. “The train is comprised of two AC parlors, six AC standards, and four to five economy class coaches which will facilitate the passengers on the route”, spoke an official at the Ministry of Railways.
Pakistan Railways has often come under criticism for offering sub-par services and not being run efficiently. However, Minister of Railways, Khwaja Saad Rafique, has vowed to alter this image, and according to him, resuming the Green Line with improved services is an attempt in the right direction.
“It is also decided to provide the best traveling facilities in the Green Line train including the provision of high-quality food and keeping the ticket price at an affordable level. Besides, a separate LCD will be installed on each seat of the AC Parlor to let passengers enjoy favorite videos through headphones,” added the official working at the Ministry of Railways.
Although the Green Line was meant to resume operations on the 20th of December, its launch date has been postponed to mid-january owing to financial constraints. Despite financial and operational challenges, the Ministry of Pakistan Railways has set in motion efforts to enhance the general conditions of the railways.
In a collaborative effort with the private sector, Pakistan Railways has also ventured to improve hygiene at stations. The official mentioned that ‘the department was of the view that the cleanliness-related services in trains and at major stations, including Lahore, Faisalabad, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Quetta, Peshawar, Khanewal, Sukkur, Sahiwal, Multan, and Bahawalpur were not satisfactory”.
In summary, along with resuming the Green Line and collaborating with the private sector to improve cleanliness, the government has also promised further developments to strengthen the performance of Pakistan Railways.