LAHORE, Feb 02 (APP):Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has said that time duration of travelling by train between Lahore and Rawalpindi will be reduced by half an hour in March.

Addressing a press conference at the PR Headquarters here
on Saturday, he said that track between Rawalpindi and Lahore
was being improved.

He said that the PR had collected Rs320 million as
fine in a campaign against ticket-dodgers during the
last three months, adding that it was a big amount and now the
PR police had been given authority to take action against ticket-
The minister said that he would inspect Lahore-Okara-Sahiwal
section tomorrow (Sunday) for the betterment of
the railways, adding that Lahore-Narowal-Sialkot and Lahore-
Faisalabad sections were also in a schedule of his visit
within the next two days.
He disclosed that Prime Minister Imran Khan would inaugurate Thal Express on February 12, adding that
Thal Express train would run between Rawalpindi and Multan via Muzafargarh, Layyah, Bhakar, Kundian and Mianwali.
Sheikh Rashid said that the railways would also introduce a VIP non-stop train named Jinah Express from March 30, whereas, another VIP train Sir Syed Express would be introduced soon.
He said that the railways had started two new freight trains and two more freight trains would be operated till
He said that upgradation of MainLine-1 (ML-1) and completion of Nullah Lai project was his dream. He added
that a meeting on ML-1 had been scheduled for the next month and the masses would hear a good news about it.
About the Nullah Lai project, he said that Chief Minister
Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar would announce the final decision
on March 01.
The minister said that a train manager was being
appointed in every train and his cell number would be displayed in the train.
To a question, he said that response of the complaint cell was good and passengers were registering their
The minister also announced that he would listen complaints for one hour whenever he would present in Islamabad.
PR Chairman Sikandar Sultan Raja, CEO Aftab Akbar and other senior officers were also present.
Later, the minister visited the PR reservation office and issued directions to improve the performance.
Talking to the media during his visit, he assured the passengers that their complaints would be addressed