Thar Express staff visas arrive at last minute

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JAISALMER: Call it sheer luck! The visas of Thar Express staff arrived in nick of time, else those travelling to Pakistan would have had to cross the border on foot. From there then they would have had to board another train of Pakistan Railways.
It so happened that the Thar Express staff had been waiting for their visas for last two months, but Pakistan High Commission till late Friday evening had not issued the visas. In such a situation the Indian Railways was preparing to transport the passengers till Zero Line. Following this, the passengers might have had to cross the border on foot and board a Pakistan Railways train for their destination. Indian Railways ministry executive director (traffic transportation) Manoj Krishna Akhuri on Friday sent a letter to Pakistan Railways chief executive officer Javed Anwar and requested that a train be run from Zero Line to Kokharapaar in Pakistan.
However, the Pakistan High Commission granted visas on Friday evening, for which the railways had applied two months ago. An officer of the rail department in Delhi rushed to Jodhpur to hand over the visas to ensure that the train departs on Saturday at 1 am as scheduled.
As per the MoU signed between the two countries, Thar Express is run by the Indian Railways for six months and for the rest of the year it is run by Pakistan Railways. Pakistan's Thar Express' time of six months ended on February 26.
Now the Indian Railways was supposed to run the train on Saturday at 1 am.
The Jodhpur railway division had organized passports for 30 members of the staff and applied for their visa with the Pakistan High Commission in December.
However, the visas were not sactioned till last minute, forcing the rail authorities here to write a letter to their counterparts in Pakistan on Friday.
Jodhpur DRM Rahul Kumar Goyal said that from March 5 for six months, India's Thar Express was to run between India and Pakistan, therefore, 30 staff members including railway guard, engine driver etc in December had applied for visa with the Pakistan High Commission.
: Call it sheer luck! The visas of Thar Express staff arrived in nick of time, else those travelling to Pakistan would have had to cross the border on foot. From there then they would have had to board another train of Pakistan Railways.

It so happened that the Thar Express staff had been waiting for their visas for last two months, but Pakistan High Commission till late Friday evening had not issued the visas. In such a situation the Indian Railways was preparing to transport the passengers till Zero Line. Following this, the passengers might have had to cross the border on foot and board a Pakistan Railways train for their destination. Indian Railways ministry executive director (traffic transportation) Manoj Krishna Akhuri on Friday sent a letter to Pakistan Railways chief executive officer Javed Anwar and requested that a train be run from Zero Line to Kokharapaar in Pakistan.

However, the Pakistan High Commission granted visas on Friday evening, for which the railways had applied two months ago. An officer of the rail department in Delhi rushed to Jodhpur to hand over the visas to ensure that the train departs on Saturday at 1 am as scheduled.

As per the MoU signed between the two countries, Thar Express is run by the Indian Railways for six months and for the rest of the year it is run by Pakistan Railways. Pakistan's Thar Express' time of six months ended on February 26.

Now the Indian Railways was supposed to run the train on Saturday at 1 am.

The Jodhpur railway division had organized passports for 30 members of the staff and applied for their visa with the Pakistan High Commission in December.

However, the visas were not sactioned till last minute, forcing the rail authorities here to write a letter to their counterparts in Pakistan on Friday.

Jodhpur DRM Rahul Kumar Goyal said that from March 5 for six months, India's Thar Express was to run between India and Pakistan, therefore, 30 staff members including railway guard, engine driver etc in December had applied for visa with the Pakistan High Commission.
 source the times of india city

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