Balochistan Chief Minister inaugurated Pak-Iran goods train, which would ply between Pakistani city of Quetta to Iranian city of Zahidan once a week, here on Tuesday.

The Chief Minister, speaking on the occasion, said that business community of Balochistan would be major beneficiary of Quetta-Zahidan goods train. “We request Federal Minister for Pakistan Railways, Saad Rafique to make Quetta-Taftan railway track fast by taking steps that increase train speed from 40km per hour to 120km per hour,” he said.

He said that the provincial government has already submitted a proposal to the federal government to restore Sibi-Harnai railway track. He recalled that he himself has travelled by train several times when he was a student. “Twenty to thirty years back, travelling by train was very enjoyable but later, decline started to be reported in Pakistan Railways,” he said.

He said that Balochistan needed a better Railways transport system.

Chairperson, Pakistan Railways, Ms Parveen Agha said that earlier, train was operational between Quetta and Taftan once a month to provide ration, water and salaries to the employees and carrying out postal service. “On the directives of the federal government, we decided to start good train between Quetta and Zahidan once a week in order to promote trade between Pakistan and Iran,” she said adding that more trains would also be run on this route.

DS Railways Quetta Division, Mir Faiz Muhammad Khan Bugti said there were several problems on Quetta-Taftan route, adding the Ministry of Railways however took a better decision to start goods train on this route to meet the demand made by traders community.