Number of rail passengers increasing

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The number of rail passengers has increased as travel by bus or private transport has become dearest due to rise in fuel prices.

A spokesperson for the Pakistan Railways said here on Sunday that despite a slight raise in railway fares, there was no comparison between rail fares and buses or any other road transport.

The PR had to increase fares by 10 per cent of some trains but overall travel by train was economical and comfortable.

On the other side, fares of buses had been doubled during the last one month due to hike in petroleum prices across the country.

Sardar Nasir, a rail passenger told this scribe at the Lahore railway station that travelling with family by a bus was expansive so he decided to travel by train to Rawalpindi.

Salma, another passenger with her family going to Bahawalpur by Allama Iqbal Express train, said that fares for Bahawalpur by bus were almost doubled comparatively so she decided to go by train.

Shoaib, a booking clerk at the window of Faisalabad train, confirmed that the sale of rail tickets had increased after the rise in fuel prices.