The Railway and its benefits

When our grandfathers wanted to travel, they prepared a bullock cart and laid in food for a long, slow journey over rough roads. Now we pay for a ticket, step into a railway compartment and are taken rapidly to our destination.

This saving of time is excellent for a business man who has to travel hundreds of miles, for him, “time is money”. So it is very necessary to have a well-developed railway system, if the commerce and industries of a country are to flourish. How could the salt of Khewra mines be taken to the consumers, how could the cloth of the Lyallpur mills be distributed throughout the land, if the railway was not available? Pakistan is a land of great distances, and railway help to promote both social and national unity by keeping people in contact with each other in spite of distances.

In a country with great and growing population, it is a great benefit that so many are capable to follow the occupations of driver, guard, station porter, watchman, surface man, and others. The capital which is invested in railways affords a living to thousands of employees. In time of plague or disease and epidemics, relief and medical aid can be taken to the afflicted spots in the shortest possible time.

In all countries, the railways give better facilities to rich people than to poor travelers. The third class railway carriages in Pakistan have a long time for being a source of complaints. Men, women and children are placed together with sufficient space, without adequate lavatory accommodation. Now here is the inequality between the classes seen so strikingly as on the railway. It is hoped in the future that this great abuse will be resolved. Perhaps there were something lost when the old days of travel by bullock-cart or on horse back ended. There must have been delight in the leisurely progress through the unspoiled country-side, starting in the fresh dews of morning and cooking supper over the camp-fire in the evening hours. Now we have scarified every thing to haste and are rushed through the country so rapidly that there is no time to observe the beauties of nature which are spread on everywhere.

By Rehana khan(111/10)


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