Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pak Railways to operate Eid Special Trains despite lack of resources

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Despite the acute resource problems, the Pakistan Railways will be operating two Eid Special Trains from Karachi to Peshawar and Rawalpindi on October 24 and 25.

A Pakistan Railways spokesman has announced that the first Eid Special Train will leave the Karachi Cantonment Station for Peshawar at 11 am on October 24 while the second one will operate also from the Cantonment Station for Rawalpindi at the same time on October 25.

The Peshawar-bound train will be running via Lahore while Rawalpindi-bound special will run through Faisalabad.

The Divisional Superintendent, Anzer Ismail Rizvi, informed PNFS that strict measures have been taken to control black marketing of tickets in view of great rush of people intending to go to upcountry destinations to celebrate Eid-ulAzha with their families.

He said that the vigilance teams are in place who are keeping eye on elements habitual to coming out on such occasions to mint money through black marketing.

Anzar Rizvi warned that anyone nabbed trying to sell tickets in black market will be dealt with strictly.

He stated that the two Eid Special Trains are being run to clear the surging rush of the upcountry bound passengers.

Meanwhile the Divisional Commercial Officer, Shoaib Adil, has advised the travelling people to ensure to take up their journey on a ticket issued in their own name and also keep their NC with them.

He made it clear that if any one found travelling on a ticket issued in the name of some other person would be considered as being ‘without ticket’ and will be penalized accordingly.