LAHORE: Sale of tickets for Pakistan’s first-ever train of private sector started on Saturday when Pakistan Railways (PR) Chairman Muhammad Arif Azeem booked a ticket to travel on maiden journey of the train from Lahore to Karachi from a specially built modern look booking booth at Lahore Railways Station. He said it would be a successful example of public-private partnership. Railways would provide all possible support to make this project a success The first Business Train will be operational from January 15, 2012.
The PR management expects the department will earn Rs 1.15 billion per year through this project. Four Brothers International Private Limited, a private company, invested Rs 225.786 million to bring substantive changes to value adding in the passenger services. Besides a modern booking booth, the Company has also built a special passenger Lounge at the city’s main station, which was inaugurated by the General Manager (Operations) Saeed Akhtar recently.
“International standard facilitates will be provided to the passengers in this train, which will be operated between Lahore and Karachi, said organisers of train service.” According to the agreement, the Four Brothers Pvt Limited would provide food and catering service for the passengers in the lounges and in the Business Train. The Business Trains would consist of nine Business-Class air-conditioned coaches, with a journey time of 18 hours. It is expected mostly business community would travel through the train. The PR is likely to start more such trains in Sialkot and Faisalabad.
I travelled three times (two way) and like the service, quality and timing are upto the mark. In my third vist there is some service issue I complained about it and it's really a surprise to me that they were too serious on my complain very well handled and then compansated more than my expectation. I am again booked for my next trip in December vacations.
This may be the biggest conspiracy against Railways in any part of world
Bus mafia and our politicians have very silently destructed entire Railway network
I always prefer to travel from Railway, it is irritating but still pleasant and enjoyable. If our trains only follow time-lines, believe me business is there.
Still I have seen a lot of rush on trains
every Karachi train is full despite this situation
No private train will ever sustain because Railway authorities and mafia never want success story of any train.