Pakistan Railways will most likely begin operating Green Line passenger trains from 20 December as a superior service to support passengers and generate revenue for the sector.
The train consists of 2 AC parlors, 5 AC business, 6 AC standard and 4-5 economy class,” a railway ministry official told APP.
He said the decision was made at the behest of Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, who wanted the best arrangement for the Green Line train for visitors.
The minister has instructed relevant authorities to reduce the travel time on the Green Line from Lahore to Karachi to less than 20 hours, the official said. This will restore passenger confidence.
It was also decided to offer the best travel option on Green Line trains. This includes providing high quality food and keeping ticket prices at an affordable level. In addition, each seat in the AC Parlor has an individual LCD, allowing passengers to enjoy their favorite videos on headphones,” he added.
On a question, he said that Pakistan Railways will also accelerate the work of improving service on passenger trains as well as at major stations by engaging the private sector, which will help solve growing problems, especially related to sanitation.
“The ministry considers that sanitation-related services on trains and at major stations including Lahore, Faisalabad, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Quetta, Peshawar, Khanewal, Sukkur, Sahiwal, Multan and Bahawalpur are all unsatisfactory. “, he added.
Outsourcing to private service providers on the fast track will improve hygiene in stations and trains and restore passenger confidence in the sector.