Lahore-Karachi route: Private Night Coach train inaugurated
Pakistan Railways General Manager Operation, Junaid Qureshi inaugurated Night Coach runs between Lahore-Karachi-Lahore via Faisalabad and Multan in the evening. The train has been outsourced to a private firm on the basis of Public Private Partnership here on Tuesday at Lahore Railway Station.
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Director Shalimar Group Malik Rafique said that Night Coach Train is consisting of 14 coaches, including one AC-sleeper coach, two AC-standard, seven economy class coaches, one power van, one luggage van, one AC dinning car and one brake van is being introduced on date to run on a daily basis between Lahore and Karachi.
The private party is responsible to bring substantive changes to value adding in the service to be provided to the passengers, Pakistan Railways would provide the locomotives and coaches with standard fitting and amenities.
Shalimar Group offered bid of Rs 631.95 million. They also offered to invest Rs 81.838 million in valued addition services. The party has deposited Rs 100 million for repair of locomotives. The party will deposit 10 percent of the contract amount per year as performance security to Pakistan Railways. The agreement will remain in force for five years and will be extendable for another term of five years on mutually agreed terms and condition. Shalimar Group will have to deposit a sum of Rs 173, 1308 per round train journey to Pakistan Railways.