It seems that Pakistan Railway (PR) is on its way to achieving higher level of efficiency. The national railway department recently announced that it has generated PKR 100 million selling tickers through E-Ticketing system.
The news emerges as the Federal Minister of Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique, announced that PR sold PKR 100 million worth of e-tickets in the past two months, he congratulated employees working for PR and described the achievement as a start of a new era of development and modernization for the department. Several sources suggest that the PR sold e-tickers using different mechanisms – credit cards, UBL Omni, debit cards and mobile wallets- allowing passenger to book a train online in 51 cities across the country.
Surprisingly, the data published by PR shows that people living in remote areas are the ones that actually benefiting through E-ticketing system. Many experts believe that e-ticketing system will help in reducing the corruption in the department and also ensures that staff does not charge premium price from the passenger for a particular seat or for booking a train from a far off area.
In addition, the new e-ticketing system also offer improve service to passenger as it minimizes the waiting time to receive a ticket and passenger don’t have to wait on a railway station and stand in the queue to pay for the ticket.
Khawaja Saad Rafique directed that IT department of Pakistan Railway to launch e-ticketing system in Quetta within a month as well.
In line with the national airline, PIA, PR has been experiencing losses as far as we can remember, but that maybe about to change.
We at BizUpdates also believe that the CPEC project will have a direct positive impact on Pakistan Railway operations in the long run.