Freight train for Afghanistan flagged off

Updated February 22, 2020

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The train will transit cargo from Karachi towards Chaman and Kandahar. — APP/File
The train will transit cargo from Karachi towards Chaman and Kandahar. — APP/File

KARACHI: Pakistan Railways inaugurated the Goods in Transit to Afghanistan (GITA) Train here on Friday.

The inauguration of the cross-border freight train is said to be one of the major achievements during the ongoing calendar year, which has been termed as ‘Freight Year’ aimed primarily at enhancing the revenue generation via transportation of goods through cargo services.

The train will transit cargo from Karachi towards Chaman and Kandahar.

Besides reducing the traffic flow from major roads and highways, the addition of this cross-border train in Pakistan’s existing cargo fleet is not only expected to increase revenue generation but it is said to also help in curtailing the income-expenditure gap of Pakistan Railways.

Chairman of Pakistan Railways Habib-ur-Rehman Gillani sent off the train at the Pakistan International Container Terminal (PICT). The ceremony was also attended by Divisional Superintendent of Karachi division Nisar Memon, Pakistan Railways Freight Transportation Company CEO Zafar Ranjha and COPS Amir Ali Baloch.

Published in Dawn, February 22nd, 2020