Rail transport has been dubbed as the most efficient and swift way of transportation throughout the world owing to the fact that it’s track is bound to one destination and path is designated, but the rail transportation system has hit a bad patch in Pakistan.
Though Pakistan Railways took a nose dive during PPP stint, it showed signs of considerable growth under the current Government but a recent spree of train accidents might mar the upward trajectory of the organisation.
Train accidents are common throughout the world but Pakistan Railways is witnessing such incidents in a burgeoning number.
The latest train collision took place today (Thursday) when two passenger trains named Zakaria Express and Fareed Express rammed into each other near Landhi railway station.
At least 17 people have been reported dead hitherto, apart from scores of others who were left injured during the collision. Apparently, the collision took place due to wrong signal.
On October 6, at least 4 people were left dead while 19 others were left severely wounded when a freight train collided with a passenger bus near Lunda Phatak in Pattoki. According to police officials, the accident took place due to the negligence of Pakistan Railways gatekeeper as the Lunda Phatak railway crossing was left open while the freight train was approaching.
Another catastrophe happened just a day after when twin blasts hit Jaffar Express near Mach. the incident left four passengers dead.
The misery does not culminate here. On September 15, at least 6 people were killed and over 150 injured when Karachi-bound Awam Express collided with a freight train near Bucch railway station in Sher Shah, Multan. According to local officials, the incident took place when a freight train overran a man some 25 km away from Multan and in the mean time Awam Express, coming from Peshawar using the same rail line, collided with the carriages of the train.
Another tragic train accident took place on the same day when a train hit a vehicle at railway crossing in Rawalpindi. The accident left three people dead while four faced injuries. The incident took place at Hatar Phatak in Fateh Jang. Reports suggest crossing was left opened which caused the accident.
In July, Pakistan railways faced another reputation blow when around 20 passengers were injured after a train was derailed and overturned in Khanewal. Five bogies of the Pakistan Express train were derailed injuring kids and women.