Quetta Train Service Resumes: After seven months of suspension, the train service from Quetta to other parts of the country has finally resumed. The interruption happened due to the collapse of the ancient Hirak bridge in the Bolan Mountains. However, on Saturday morning, Governor Balochistan, Malik Abdul Wali Kakar, inaugurated the Quetta Train Service Resumes at the Quetta Railway Station.
The first passenger train, Jaffar Express, departed from Quetta to Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, carrying a total of 850 passengers.
“Our technical staff ensured timely reconstruction of the bridge”, Pakistan Railways
The collapse of the ancient bridge constructed by the English rulers in the 1880s caused the suspension of the train service. However, thanks to the tireless efforts of our technical staff, the bridge has been reconstructed in a timely manner. Divisional Superintendent of Pakistan Railways, Fareed Ahmed, praised the team, saying, “Our technical staff made hectic efforts to ensure the timely reconstruction of the bridge.” The bridge collapsed due to flash floods caused by heavy rainfall in August 2022.
We will improve the train service: DS Railways
At the inauguration of the newly reconstructed bridge, Governor of Balochistan, Malik Abdul Wali Kakar, expressed the government’s commitment to the welfare of the passengers. He highlighted that the bridge was constructed in a relatively short span of time to ensure passengers can travel with ease. Moreover, he urged railway officers and staff to support the passengers and improve service by saying, “We will improve the Quetta train service.”
According to Pakistan Railways, Fareed Ahmed, a special Eid train will depart from Quetta to Rawalpindi on April 18th to facilitate passengers trying to reach their homes for Eid ul Fitr. He reassured reporters that all necessary arrangements had been made for the train, ensuring that passengers will be able to travel comfortably.
Safety & Security
To ensure the safety and security of passengers, strict measures were taken by the administrations of the concerned districts. These measures were to prevent any untoward incident on the railway tracks. The authorities were particularly cautious due to the past incidents of militants targeting railway tracks and passenger trains in the Bolan mountains and other districts en route to Sindh and Punjab.