The nearly completed status of the introduction of an electronic ticketing system in the current year was revealed by Mr. Khawaja Saad Rafique, the Minister for Railways. He also mentioned that United Bank Limited (UBL) came forward with its services for the e-ticketing system and also said that A-Class banks are also welcomed if they offer competitive prices.
Online payment for the tickets via debit/credit cards, online bank transfers are available for payment of their tickets. The digital ticketing system will allow passengers to book and pay for the tickets from their home using computers or mobile phones. This system will have more seat capitalization and there will be less chance of corruption. As everything is electronic tickets are booked fast and no human interaction is needed which reduces the chances of charging more premium by railway officials in rural or distant railway stations making it almost zero.
Pakistan Railways was offering an e-ticketing service some years back. It was started in 2008 but was pushed back when new management came into picture. No details about reasons were given for the termination and relaunching of the online ticketing system. Rs.65 million are spent on the overhaul and upgrading of the Karachi Express train where modern facilities were introduced hence increasing the cost for refurbishment, said the minister. He also said that the fare was not increased and the charges will be the same for all classes as of the Business Express Train. The earnings are expected to be Rs. 3.95 million per day. He also said that several projects also those connected to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and improvements of railway stations are in progress and that Pakistan Railways is aiming at improving its facilities and purchasing of 200 locomotives in the next fiscal year.