THIS is an era of bullet trains that travel at high speed. Karachi and Hyderabad are two big cities of Pakistan. The distance between these cities is 160km.

If we construct a new train route and run a bullet train with a speed of 400km an hour, it will take less than half an hour to reach from one city to the other. It may be noted that the train is energy-efficient. For the same load or passenger to shift from one city to the other, the train consumes about 800 per cent less energy due to less friction of steel wheel with steel tracks.

On the other hand, it is costly for a vehicle to run on asphalt. If the existing Superhighway is converted into a motorway, it will benefit none as it will result in high toll taxes.

The people who come on a daily basis from the two cities will have to bear extra burden. They will have no alternative route also. During the construction phase of the motorway there will be a lot of difficulties for the traffic and may result in fatal accidents.

It will be wiser if we go for bullet train service instead of the motorway. We will, in that case, tell the world that we are a progressive nation and can build, run and maintain bullet trains.

Historically, the train service in Paksitan was started between Karachi and Kotri. As the distance is short, soil structure is good, all facilities are available, the port is near, so instead of hesitating, we should go for bullet-train service.


Updated Jan 20, 2013 12:04am

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Comments (15) (Closed)

Cyrus Howell
Jan 20, 2013 05:07pm
It is reasonable to suppose that an initial public offering of bonds could finance a bullet train from Lahore to Karachi, if and only if the train fares were extremely high to pay both bond holders and for the maintenance of the train stations, track, trains and salaries. It would, needs be, only a train the very rich would be able to afford to ride. A guarantor of these bonds would have to be an entity other than the federal government of Pakistan. The grasping hands of Islamabad would need to kept as far away from this project as is humanly possible. Pakistan would either have a bullet express train to be proud of or a feeding trough for greedy politicians.
Ali Shah
Jan 20, 2013 11:01am
I couldn't help but laugh at this. Do you honestly believe this current govt cares?
Jan 21, 2013 09:40pm
No money to buy engines, dreaming about bullet trains?
Rashid Sultan
Jan 20, 2013 12:43pm
We have a lot of bullets and bombs. Alas, no bullet trains and there won't be anytime soon. lol.
Agha Ata (USA)
Jan 20, 2013 01:46pm
Of course Pakistan can have bullet trains. But . . . who will maintain them? Maintaining any machine in not what Pakistanis? can do. Jinnah gave them Pakistan. It was supposed to be a bullet train for Muslims to the progress. What they did with it, we all know that. They couldn?t even maintain an old train that which had been used for so many years in India and Pakistan and was so important in people's lives. And then what happened to PIA, or steel mills ... it is a joke to run a bullet train now. Even motor way from Lahore is getting in a bad shape. Bullet train would be a very expensive mistake. My suggestion: Give them bullock carts. It would be at least less expensive!
Cyrus Howell
Jan 20, 2013 05:20pm
Do able only within the private sector, with the private sector assuming the risk. The federal government would have to keep it's hands off or it should not be financed. No government subsidies could ever be counted on as revenue or accounts receivable. The project would have to be completely free of taxes, poisonous federal regulation and political interference. It certainly would represent a challenge.
Cyrus Howell
Jan 20, 2013 05:24pm
They quip that when the fascists took over Italy the trains began to run on time. No doubt Benito Mussolini replaced all the brainless bureaucrats and useless political feeders when he came to power.
Md Imran
Jan 21, 2013 05:45pm
We must appoint Aga Waqar Khan saab to invent alternative source of energy to run our trains. Then we can build bullet trains that are not just faster than those in europe or Japan, but faster than speed of sound and with 1230% less energy.
Jan 20, 2013 10:51am
I wish and pray some sensible person in Economic committee reads this and present feasibity. This is good idea and doable with multiple advantages.
Jan 20, 2013 10:01am
First let the PR stand on its feet.....the time to run will come later!!!
Imtiaz Bhutto
Jan 20, 2013 10:04pm
I suppose the first hurdle would be finding an effective "kunda" mechanism to supply electricity for the proposed bullet train.
Jan 21, 2013 06:13am
Thumbs Up!
Jan 20, 2013 09:05pm
800% reduction? This guy must be an engineer.
waleed raza
Jan 20, 2013 07:53pm
The idea can be beneficial after 30 years as the karachi and hyderabad would virtually become twin cities. The best that could be done is to reserve the road for freight usage while commuters may use bullet train system.
Dr Tariq Ali
Jan 21, 2013 05:17am
A transpotation Planner may go into Details and has to check the trends of origins and destinations, frequency of mode. Though it is idealistic but possible. It all relates to the state of economy of people travelling and economy of scale of investors. There are hurdles in mandate of organizations too. Railway is supposed to carry cargo worldover and it is their domain and profitable earning mode but it is forced not to carry such cargos and leave it to NLC, which is not fair. the later story can be understood. where ever is some reasonable money we have some players to catch it and serve its class, to the common peoples' plight, all in of some national Interest. Shar Sb thanks for atleast provided a change to communicate, forced us to smile and dream in this time of disorientation.