Pak Iran train service partially restored for goods train
Labourers clearing the railway track at Dalbandin in Balochistan: Photo provided by Mir Salam Jogezai

Mir Salam Jogezai, Ali Jan Mangi, News Desk: 

QUETTA: Pakistan Iran train service was partially restored for goods train on Wednesday morning. The train service between the two countries remained suspended for more than three weeks after the track was completely flooded at Dalbandin and Yek Mach.

The Pakistan Iran commercial train service was suspended for the past three weeks due to extensive damage to the railway track because of recent rains in the Chagai district.

Train service partially restored: Photo Mir Salam Jogezai

According to the railway officials, 8 km of the railway track from Dalbandin to Taftan was washed away by the flood. Four trains that stopped at Dalbandin were sent to Taftan, while one train stopped at Machh and was allowed to go to Dalbandin. According to railway officials, the rehabilitation work on the railway tracks between Dalbandin and Ahmedwal sections is still going on.

Train service between Balochistan and other parts of the country suspended

The train service remained suspended for the third consecutive day between Balochistan, Punjab, Sindh and other parts of the country. Commissioner Sibi Division, Balach Aziz stated that the track at Lehri and Notal was flooded, which caused the suspension of the train service.

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“Railway teams are trying hard to restore the train service”, Izhar ul Haq, an official of the Pakistan Railways at Sibi said. He said a technical team of the Pakistan railway was dispatched to the area to clear the track.

Monsoon rains have played havoc in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan. A rescue operation is underway in various parts of Balochistan to shift people to safer places.

Passengers suffered a lot

Passengers suffered a lot because of the suspension of the train service after heavy floods in the area. However, Commissioner Sibi Division stated that the administration was also working hard to remove flood water from the track and restore the train service.

“The track has not been damaged but rather flooded”, the Commissioner explained in a statement released on Wednesday morning. Pakistan Railway stopped passenger trains at Sibi and Jacobabad after the track was flooded to avoid the occurrence of any untoward incident.

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