Newly-launched Karachi-Dhabeji train closed after five months

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KARACHI: The Karachi-Dhabeji train shuttle service inaugurated by President Arif Alvi in October last month has been closed only five months after its much-publicized launch.

According to railway officials, the rail shuttle service had to be closed due to financial problems caused by low travel fare and fewer passengers.

Sources warned that the decision would increase the city’s  traffic woes as thousands of passengers were benefiting from the train on a daily basis.

The train became operational on November 1 for the general public. It had seven stations including Drigh Road, Malir City, Landhi etc.

Federal Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad had described the service as a gift from the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan for the labourers of the city.

Labourers in Karachi would no more be required to commute on roofs of public buses on a daily basis.

The president said that Karachi faced the issue of lack of transport and the local railway service had ended a long while ago.

He said that trains were among the basic means of transport around the world.

\He said that the local train service has been inaugurated upon the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan.