ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways temporarily suspended the operation of 150 passenger trains during last five years due to less patronage and locomotive shortage.
At present, there is no immediate programme to make these trains operational, because emphasis is to restore freight train operation in Phase-I and after that the suspended passenger trains will be restored gradually, creating a balance between passenger and freight operations, an official told APP.
There are several steps have been taken by the government to restore freight trains and make non-operational trains operational including rehabilitation of 27 HGMU 30 locomotives, repair of 150 locomotives at the cost of Rs5 billion and purchase of new 40 power plants is in progress.
He said that the after the completion of these development projects, the gradual restoration of passenger trains will be ensured in accordance with policy.
Pakistan Railways has closed four crossing stations during the last five years between Lahore and Multan Cantonments.
The crossing stations were closed due to doubling of track of Lodhran- Khanewal section and the crossing stations included Iqbal Nagar, Kotla Adeeb Shaheed, Dad Fatiana and Mir Dad Maufi.