Pakistan Railways launches The Safari Tourist Train to promote the culture and beauty of the Potohar region. The route of the train will start from Golra station to Attock Khurd on Sunday.
Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani accompanied by Minister for Railways Azam Khan Swati inaugurated the tourist train at the Golra railway station.
The train will ferry tourists from Golra to Hassanabdal, Attock Khurd, and Attock city and surrounding areas every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The journey ends at the historic Attock Khurd station after passing through Golra, Taxila, Hassanabdal, and Attock city railway stations. Furthermore, train to operate on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; Pakistan Railways can play a key role to promote tourism, Senate chairman says
Tourists will experience traveling through the beautiful landscape of Potohar, consisting of Margallah Hills, Sangjani tunnel, and many bridges like Chablal Bridge, Haro Bridge, Ghazi Brotha, and Attock Khurd bridges.
Also, the safari train will pass through the old iron girder bridge on the Indus between Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.
The inaugural function was held at the Golra railway junction which was constructed in 1882. Pakistan Railways has also constructed a museum at the station.
What did the officials say?
Talking to the media the Senate chairman said:
The launch of the safari train was important for the promotion of the culture and beauty of the country.
Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani and Railways Minister Azam Swati cut the ribbon to formally launch the service on Sunday.
He said it would be a source of recreational activities and promotion of tourism. Such trains should be started in other areas of the country and Pakistan Railways could play a leading role in promoting the scenic beauty and culture of the country.
Moreover, the promotion of tourism was the responsibility of every individual, adding development of any country links with tourism.
Minister Azam Swati said the objective of the train was to promote the culture, civilization, and heritage of the country.
“It is my priority to end corruption in Pakistan Railways. I will eliminate all black sheep from the organization and make it profitable,” he said.
He added that freight trains will also start soon. Keeping in view the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistan Railways would work to promote tourism in the country, he added.
Later, the Senate chairman along with the minister and senators Taj Mohammad Afridi, Sajjad Hussain Turi, Mirza Mohammad Afridi, Aurangzeb Orakzai, Naseebullah Baazi, and Dilawar Khan left for Attock Khurd on board the safari train.
Pakistan’s government and Tourism
No doubt, In recent years Pakistan government has emphasized promoting tourism in the country. Recently KPK government initiates many projects in KPK to promote tourism and now in Punjab, the government is paying ken interest.
Tourism generated income can be tremendously beneficial to the host country and its local communities. Proceeds from tourism can utilize to improve education and infrastructure at the national and local levels. Likewise, fund conservation efforts, and promote more responsible tourism.
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