Late Trains Test Passengers’ patience
Thousands of passengers and their relatives are suffering at the hands of absolute disarray of the railway system for the past week as trains have been running over 10 hours late.
The state of trains running late has gone from bad to worse as the delay time has stretched over 10 hours for majority of trains. All the major trains have been running at least five hours late.
This disruption is taking place for the past whole week with Pakistan Railways doing very little to improve the situation, which is becoming more grave with every passing day.
The Lahore Railway Station, at any hour of the day is crowded with passengers waiting for the arrival of their train in the scorching heat of peak summer.
Relatives and loved ones of those expected to arrive too are a pitiful sight as lack of facilities at the waiting hall forces the majority to sit on the bare floor of the hall. The decision of restricting entry to platforms by anyone but the passengers had also played a role in adding to the misery of the masses. Among the trains causing this problem, till the filing of this report, Awami Express was running 10 hours late and so was Allama Iqbal Express; 9 up Quetta Express and Jaffer Express were both running around 8 hours late from their scheduled time.
The Karakoram Express, Karachi Express, 7 up and Tez Ro were all running over 3 hours late. The state of the PR trains too does not help in such situations as majority of the trains have poor air-conditioning in the upper classes.
The food and seating of these trains as well has been criticised heavily over the past yet nothing has been done in this regard as the PR administration blame lack of funds to for this predicament of the trains. A spokesperson for PR said the reason for this was recent bombings one after the other in Ghotki, Setharja, Sarhari and Kandhara after which the system was disrupted and those delays have been carried along till now and the system has not returned to normal.
Sources however have revealed that the tracks nominally damaged by the low intensity blasts were repaired shortly afterwards and the true reason behind these delays was the increasing number of locomotives going out of order.