ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and India have reportedly decided to increase the number of passengers on the Samjhauta Express from 576 to 750 to accommodate the increasing demand for tickets for those wanting to travel between the two countries.
Sources said that the decision is being taken following pressure from passengers who insist that authorities issue them tickets. The railway authorities of the two countries have decided that an increase of 174 passengers would help resolve the issue.
Pakistan Railways has requested Indian authorities to induct two additional passenger coaches with the Samjhauta Express to accommodate the increasing traffic,“ Lahore Divisional uperintendent Muhammad Khalid was quoted as saying in the Daily Times today, adding that the two sides would maintain and share passengers’ records.
At least 68 people were killed in a fire that engulfed the Samjhauta Express after blasts in the train in the northern Indian state of Haryana last month. Two carriages of the train were completely destroyed while it was on its way from the Indian capital New Delhi to Lahore in Pakistan via the border crossing point of Wagah.
This step would prove to be a confidence boosting measure and one that could cement friendly ties between the two neighbouring nations.