LAHORE: Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Saturday said railway fares would be increased by seven percent from July 1.
Addressing a press conference in Lahore, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said the growth in fuel prices had affected railway the most. However, he said, fare would not be raised on travelling up to 50 kilometer.
He said up to Rs100 fare would be raised on economy class, while this price rise would not be applicable on the tickets that had already been bought. He said most of the revenue was generated from freight trains and not passenger train.
On the opposition’s creating ruckus in the National Assembly, the railways minister said it was right of the opposition to make speeches. He said the charter of economy had been decided and he supported that.
He also said there was no better option than Prime Minister Imran Khan for accountability.
Addressing a news conference in Lahore on Saturday, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad had said that Prime Minister Imran Khan would soon inaugurate a new Sir Syed Express service.
He had said that the present government had promised to run 40 new trains.
He had said that PC 1 of ML One Project for extension and reconstruction work of main rail track in country had been submitted. He had said that tenders of ML Two Project will be opened on 30th of this month while work has been initiated on tenders of ML Three Project as well.
The railways minister had said that Nowshera-Turkai track was being opened while Lahore and Rawalpindi railway stations would be upgraded.
He had said that load of freight trains would be enhanced by 75 percent. He had said that modern technology is being used to improve Pakistan Railways.