Pak Business Express contributes Rs940m to exchequer

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LAHORE: Director Pak Business Express Mian Shafqat Ali said the nine-coach train has not committed any default as all dues are being paid well in time to the satisfaction of concerned authorities, and it is the highest earner for Pakistan Railways.

In a statement, he pointed out that after completing one year of operation, the Business Express has contributed Rs940 million to the exchequer. He said it is a model public-private partnership as despite being the smallest passenger train it is the highest earner for Pakistan Railways.

He claimed that it is the most modern, well-furnished, and well-equipped private-sector run train, plying between Lahore and Karachi with only nine coaches.

He said that the news about any undue favor by the outgoing government was not based on facts. He said that success of the train could be gauged from the fact that there is a great demand from passengers, and tickets are often sold in advance occasionally. Ali said the success of Pak Business Express added a new page to public-private partnership, as the private sector-run train is earning huge money at this point when PR is facing a huge deficit and suspension of trains on a large number of routes has become order of the day.

He said that the very objective behind this venture was revival of PR and bringing back the lost glories once attached to it. The amount Pak Business Express has so far paid to PR is bigger than the grand total what the railway authorities are getting from all other trains.

He said that Pak Business Express has so far spent a huge amount to ensure comfort to passengers from buying tickets to their destination. Pak Business Express spent a big amount to reduce travel time between Lahore and Karachi.

Pak Business Express is the only train that is travelling in between Lahore and Karachi in record time, he added.

Courtesy: The News

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