Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
inaugurated Pakistan’s first ever ‘modern’ train on Thursday— the Greenline
Train— that will cover the Karachi-Islamabad route in 23 hours, an occasion
where he praised the under-fire Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique for
turning around a department in dire straits.
Appreciating the facilities the train service provides to passengers, which
include comfortable sleepers, WiFi availability, meals, newspapers and
air-conditioned rooms, the premier took special note of the train’s toilets,
saying that “toilets in the newly inaugurated train were far better than the
ones in Pakistan International Airlines jets.”
According to Pakistan Railways officials, the train will leave Margalla Railway
Station at 3:15 pm and will reach Karachi at 2:30 pm the next day, making stops
at Rawalpindi, Lahore, Khanewal, Bahawalpur, Rohri and Hyderabad stations during
Officials also said that apart from offering online booking and other essential
services, all passengers have also been insured for a million rupees, which was
also pointed out by Nawaz Sharif during his address.
Nawaz Sharif also took the opportunity to lay out his government’s achievements
on the economic front. He said swift economic activity had started across the
country and the people of Pakistan were about to witness a revolutionary change
in the years ahead.
The premier also talked on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. “I hope the
China Pakistan Economic Corridor would benefit from the improvement of services
of Pakistan Railways.”
He said he envisioned a train service from Kashgar to Karachi, and also wanted
to make possible train travel to Turkey.
Nawaz Sharif said the PML-N government was committed to reviving all national
institutions, adding that the revival of Pakistan Railways was reflection of
Salient features of the Greenline Train
According to Radio Pakistan, the new Greenline Train will complete its journey
in 23 hours and 15 minutes and is an economical, comfortable and secure option
It will be the first air-conditioned business-class train with several
incentives and modern facilities like refreshment, Wi Fi connection throughout
the route, three quality meals, tea, bottled water, newspapers and standard
bedding during the journey.
Fare from Islamabad to Karachi is Rs 5,500 while that from Lahore to Karachi is
Rs 5,000. The train will make five technical stops each at Lahore, Khanewal,
Bahawalpur, Rohri and Hyderabad.
Special passenger lounges for the new service are under construction at
Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi railway stations.