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Dhabeji Express stops running five months after launch

April 10, 2019
 

The Dhabeji Express could only run for five months because of a shortage of passengers.

The much-publicized circular train service in Karachi had to be closed five months after it was launched with tall claims by the federal government.

It was closed because of the continued losses, said the Pakistan Railways management. “The fare of the circular train was low and the number of passengers was far less than the train’s capacity,” Divisional Commercial Officer Ishaq Baloch said.

The fare of the circular was between Rs25 and Rs80 per person. The train that had seven to eight coaches but the number of passengers that usually traveled by it was around 225, according to the PR official.

The sitting capacity of the circular train was 578.

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The city’s local train commute started to get suspended from the beginning of the current month. However, the railways department has closed it completely now, citing financial constraints.

One of the major reasons of the train closure is its timing, SAMAA TV learnt. In the morning, when the train should have its route towards the city, it was scheduled to leave the City Station for Dhabeji. The Karachi-Dhabeji Express was scheduled to leave the City Station at 7am every morning and reach Dhabeji station at 8.55am, after making stops at Drigh Road, Malir and Bin Qasim stations.

President Dr Arif Alvi had inaugurated the train on October 31, 2018. Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed had called it ‘a gift’ from Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“We haven’t closed the service for the people of Karachi. Instead, we have shifted it to Shah Latif Express,” said the federal minister in his media talk in Hasan Abdal today (Wednesday).

“I am a businessman. No train service was called off. Dhabeji train had fewer passengers that’s why it was suffering from losses.”

However, SAMAA TV learnt that Dhabeji Express’ regular passengers can’t be accommodated in the Shah Latif Express as its time is different from that of the circular train. The local train service was earlier closed in 2007.

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6 Comments

  1. Avatar
    Mamu   April 10, 2019 4:07 pm/ Reply

    Please revise the Circular railway properly. The traffic of Karachi can only be ruduced by Circular railway. Please run the Train from Malir to II Chundrigar. And All business areas.

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    khan-G   April 11, 2019 10:15 am/ Reply

    plz apni report theek karo…
    4 cabins hoty thy…
    subha shaam late rahte thee…
    ticket counter ke na-ehal hony ke waja sy adhy passengers ticket k bagyr he wapis chaly jaty thy…
    more than 500 passengers thy start myn timing or ticket counter ke waja sy logo ka rush kam hoa tha…

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    nose   April 11, 2019 5:13 pm/ Reply

    a complete lie by the DCO, there were almost 800 passengers in the train. mainly the transport mafia ha played its part to shut down train of one side i.e the one which moves from city to dhebeji in evening..the PPP governemnt is corrupt and wont take a chance to disgrace federal govt.

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    Ali   April 11, 2019 5:15 pm/ Reply

    It is not true Dhabajee only had 5 coaches out of which one was of half size of other four and train was fully pack accept for Friday
    Train fair/rent was reduced by railways authorities of Karachi up to 15% last month which was not required because people were paying rent without issue it seems that this project is failed deliberately

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    Ali   April 11, 2019 6:49 pm/ Reply

    is not true Dhabajee only had 5 coaches out of which one was of half size of other four and train was fully pack accept for Friday
    Train fair/rent was reduced by railways authorities of Karachi up to 15% last month which was not required because people were paying rent without issue it seems that this project is failed deliberately

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    Hussain   April 15, 2019 3:32 pm/ Reply

    Totally false statement reported by the DCO! There were only 4-5 coaches and all time train was loaded with passengers apart from Friday due to Train timing!

    Now more than 500 people will suffer from this! Shame of authorities.

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