LAHORE: Pakistan Railways has announced to cut down fares of five passenger trains by 50%. The new rates will be applicable from November 1, according to Minister for Railway Khawaja Saad Rafique.
The fare from Peshawar to Lahore in air-conditioned business class train of Jaffar Express and Khyber Mail will be reduced to Rs900 from Rs1,740. On the other hand, fare from Peshawar to Lahore in air-conditioned sleeper carriage of Jaffar Express will be Rs1,410 instead of Rs2,280.
The economy class rates of Jaffar Express and Awam Express will also come down, with passengers having to pay Rs860 instead of Rs1,340 for air-conditioned standard carriage, to travel from Peshawar to Lahore.
Passengers will also be able to travel from Peshawar to Lahore for as low as Rs390 in air-conditioned standard carriage of Rail Car train. The rate of the travel before reduction is Rs480.
Saad Rafique has said rates of Green Line Train fares will also be reduced soon.
Earlier, the railway ministry would announce reduction in rail fares on special occasions like Eid and Ramazan.
A reduction of 20% in fares for all classes of Pakistan Railway trains was announced for the first 20 days of Ramazan in 2017. A similar decision was taken for Eid to encourage people to use the mode of transport.