Pakistan Railways has announced an e-Ticketing system for the passengers. Now, anyone in Pakistan can book the train ticket quickly using the smartphone or computer.
In this regard, Pakistan Railways has joined hands with the United Bank Limited (UBL). UBL will provide the reliable channels to Pakistan Railways for increasing the e-ticketing outreach in both rural and urban areas.
The Pakistan Railways will now allow the passengers to pay for the tickets using the credit or debit cards, and the UBL Omni mobile banking app. To book a ticket, a customer will have to enter his/her national identity card number on the e-ticketing portal.
Railways will notify the passenger via an SMS regarding the status of his/her e-ticket. The SMS will also contain other information, i.e., the ticket number, train time, coach and seat number.
The government hopes that the newly launched e-ticketing system will cease the selling of railway tickets in the black market.
Moreover, the organization has also planned for providing the customers with Internet access in the train. People will soon be able to enjoy the Internet while traveling on the train.
According to the Railways, the new services like e-Ticketing and Wi-Fi facilities will make the passengers enjoy pleasant travel on the trains.
In 2015, the Pakistan Railways launched Wi-Fi on its Green Line Express train – a daily express air-conditioned business-class train service between Karachi and Islamabad.
In 2012, national train operator introduced Wi-Fi facility in the Business Express Train that runs between Lahore and Karachi.
A lot of new developments are happening in this organization. A few months ago, it announced that the coolies no longer need to wear the red uniforms and carry the luggage. Instead, Railways will provide them with small and big trolleys to carry the loads, and for each round, they will get Rs. 50 for carrying a load of up to 40 kg. The trolleys will also feature built-in lock system.
Recently, Pakistan Railways decided to digitalize its land record to assist the officials in locating the accurate places of the department’s lands, which are situated across the country. With the digitalized system, it would be possible to check the ownership, exact location and condition of the Pakistan Railways property and land.
Pakistan Railways is in loss of billions!
While this organization is launching a lot of luxurious services for the passengers, there are reports that the Pakistan Railways is facing massive losses. According to the latest report from Express Tribune, the Railways surpassed a massive Rs. 28 billion loss, increasing around 12.64% in the fiscal year 2015-16.
The corporation managed total revenue of Rs. 35.97 billion during 2015-16. It is an increase from the Rs. 31.92 billion recorded in the same period of the previous year.
Moreover, the expenses of Pakistan Railways have increased to Rs. 64.23 billion in 2015-16 against Rs. 57.03 billion in 2014-15.
The total deficit for PR for 2015-16 is standing at around Rs. 28.3 billion and it does not include the interest and repayments of foreign loans on capital and replacement accounts figures, which means the loss could increase further.
On the other hand, the operating expenses of the organization reduced by 3%. They decreased to Rs. 18.28 billion in 2015-16 from Rs. 18.77 billion in 2014-15.
The total income that the department earned from passengers earnings in 2015-16 stood at Rs. 20.39 billion, an increase of 17% than corresponding year’s revenue of Rs. 17.45 billion.
Railways saw an increase of 28 percent in its earnings that it made through transportation of goods via its freight operations in the fiscal year 2015-16.
Various other sections of the organization have seen a negative growth of almost 40%. The earnings have decreased to Rs. 2.59 billion in 2015-16 from Rs4.3 billion in 2014-15.
The increasing losses of the national entities are putting the significant burden on the national exchequer.