Lahore: The Pakistan Railways (PR) has announced its decision to resume three of its passenger train operations on a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) basis, according to a news report. The three commute services set to resume their operations are the Mehr Express, the Jund Passenger, and the Mari Indus/Attock Passenger.
The Attock Passenger Train (Mari Indus to Attock City via Daudkhel, Jund, Namal, and Busal), will resume its operations from September 20 onwards, along with the Jund Passenger Train (Jund to Attock City via Jund, Choora Sharif, Bosal, and Jhalla Stations). Later, on September 27, Mehr Express (Multan-Rawalpindi sections via Muzaffargarh, Layyah, Dirya Khan, Kundian, and Fateh Jang) will become operational.
These trains, in order to run in a sustainable manner, will operate under the PPP model, where private companies are setting up and running the facilities of PR with a financial sharing and possession handover system. This model has been increasingly adapted by various government departments across the board.