Jodhpur: Management of the trans-border peace train, Thar Express, connecting Pakistan and India will be handled by North-Western Indian Railway’s for the next six months, officials said on Friday.
As per an MoU signed by both the nations, railways of each country conducts the train for six months. Pakistan has recently completed its turn and now it is India’s chance to manage the train for the next six months.
The train will leave Jodhpur on Friday night and arrive in Munabao on Saturday morning.
“We would be sending our train to Khokhrapar zero line station of Pakistan in Sindh province. It will cross the international border tomorrow morning from Munabao (the last station of Indian territory in Barmer district),” said S K Sood, divisional railway manager, Jodhpur.
The Munabao-Khokhrapar route connects the deserts of Rajasthan in India and Sindh in Pakistan.
“Booking for all the five coaches of the peace train is nearly full and tickets will be available till 8.00 pm this evening,” the DRM said, adding strict security measures for the passengers will continue as usual.
Pakistan High Commission in India has already given visa to the railway staff for conducting the peace train, he said.
Thar Express, a peace train undertaken as a Confidence Building Measures (CBM) adopted by two countries, was started in February 2006 after resumption of second rail route between India and Pakistan after a gap of more than four decades.