ISLAMABAD (APP) - Financial constraints have forced Pakistan Railways to drop the option of plying special trains on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr. "We are short of locomotives and despite huge financial crunch faced by Pakistan Railways. We are taking initiatives to facilitate passengers from across the country," Minister for Railways Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour told APP. When asked about Eid Special Trains, he said Railways would have to bear additional expenses for running Special Eid trains. Pakistan Railways would try to ply special train on the eve of Eid, however, it seems difficult at this stage as Pakistan Railways is passing through very critical crises.Some 3.5 million or so people travel by special and regular trains to celebrate Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Azha in their hometown every year. It is legacy of Pakistan Railways that it plies special trains for the passengers every year to cater to the rush. But unfortunately, from last few years the number of special trains were reducing due to financial crunch being faced by the Ministry. Minister for Railways said that his ministry would get 10 billion rupees during the current month which would enable it to repair tracks and locomotives besides purchasing new engines. "At least 266 locomotives - 174 for passenger and 92 for freight - are required to smoothly run all trains. We had less then 200 or so locomotives in running condition last year and five special trains - two each from Quetta and Karachi and one from Peshawar was operated then. At present we have some 120 operational locomotives," he informed.