In Punjab’s Chakwal District is where you’ll find Chakwal Railway Station. Chakwal Railway stop has been closed, making it an abandoned railway stop. When this railway station was built, it was during the British era, which saw the construction of numerous rooms. One passenger room (Musafir Khana), the station master office, ticket ghar, parcel godam, and all of them are currently empty. Because 90% of senior and young residents have been in the military or are actively serving, Chakwal is also known as the city of Ghazis. Both a district and a tehsil are named Chakwal. Chakwal has a long and well-documented history. It was designated the tehsil seat in 1881 during the British rule, and it was finally accorded the rank of a district in 1985. In the Potohar Plateau, Chakwal is also referred to as the Soon Valley, which means the centre of civilised life. Alexander the Great and Raja Ambhi’s renowned meeting took place in Chakwal. has five tehsils in it.
The government terminated the 75-km long railway service in 1993 due to its unprofitability, and its lines were destroyed in 1997. There is a rumour that the scrap from this railway line was sold to the Atafaq Foundry for 1.5 rupees per kg, but no unbiased source has been able to confirm this claim. The mafia has cut off access to the majority of the railway stations and surrounding territories following the closing of the track.
Private and governmental institutions are housed on priceless railway land in Chakwal and Dhadial, which is worth billions of rupees. In addition, the railway station structures in Chakwal and Bhoun, which are on the same line, are also in poor shape.
At a 2007 event, the District Nazim urged Pervez Musharraf to repair the railway track from Mandira to Bhoun. On the former President’s orders, the then-railways minister visited Chakwal on June 26, 2007, and he went to the railway grounds. In the public meeting that was held there, he announced the re-laying of the railway line and, at the same time, unveiled a plaque for the rehabilitation of the station’s track. He also promised that six modern railway stations would be built along this route, but sadly the promises have not been kept.
The station plaque was demolished by unidentified individuals when the claims were not yet satisfied, and the station site was sold. The Supreme Court ultimately decided the matter in 2009 and issued an injunction prohibiting the purchase of government land and the construction of additional lines. The line was seen, but its restoration is still not conceivable.