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.