ISLAMABAD – Though the miseries of commuters of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad are yet to be addressed, however, there is good news for all the recreation seekers, as a mini tourist train will be in their access by July 30.
The Chairman Capital Development Authority will formally inaugurate the mini train on July 30 in a bid to facilitate and entertain the visitors and the locals.
CDA has successfully conducted the test drives of the train and now its ready to be on road for the general public.
Mini Tourist Train will start its journey from Rose & Jasmine Garden with a speed of 20 to 25 kilometres per hours and will cover different landmarks of the city including Kashmir Highway, National Monument, Zero Point, Faisal Mosque, Zoo, Japanese Park (stop-over for 30 minutes), Said Pur Village, Jinnah Super Market, 7th Avenue and Fatima Jinnah Park (F-9 Park) and after covering these sites the train will reach to its final destination at Rose & Jasmine Garden stipulated time.
The fare of Mini Tourist Train for adults would be Rs200 and for children Rs150 (up to 10 years). Special concession would be extended for the disables. During the first month of train service, CDA has offered 50 per cent discount for the people boarding the train.
CDA has also announced special tourist package in which refreshment will also be served during 30 minutes stay over in the Japanese Park.
Mini train will run once a day on the approved routes. Armed security guards with metal detectors will also be deputed on the train for the safety purpose.
While travelling on train, the tourists will enjoy instrumental music and a well-versed tourist guide will provide information to the tourists during the journey both in Urdu and English languages.
Tourists will also enjoy street performance and photo shoot at mid point with on board quiz for children at the end of journey about the capital city and tourist sites so as to enhance the knowledge of children. CDA has also established stall where tourists would be able to buy key chains, t-shirts, ballpoints, caps and cups etc.
Timing of Mini Tourist Train operation for tourists during the summer season are 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., while on Sunday the timing would be 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
During winter season the train will operate from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 pm (Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm), during the month of holly Ramzan the train will operate from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.