The worsening fuel crisis in Pakistan has resulted in the disruption of Pakistan Railways services with trains gradually coming to a standstill.
There are several reasons for the stoppage of train services across Pakistan, including lack of revenue, as the state entity continues to take another beating in terms of finances in the wake of floods.
Several stations have fallen short of the required fuel for the engines to run. To stave off the problem Pakistan Railways is taking diesel from private firms
Additional General Manager of Pakistan Railways, Amir Baloch said the railways would continue taking the diesel from the private companies as per the requirement.
One of the contributing factors for the situation was the severe disruption in the train operations due to devastating floods and the resulting losses and damages. Consequently, the railways have been unable to earn enough money.
The Lahore engine shed is believed to have only 90 thousand litres of diesel left at its disposal. The fuel at Faisalabad station was not expected to last even a day.
Notably, Pakistan's energy crisis is set to worsen more as the country struggles to procure LNG at an affordable rate when little is available in an international market that has not been affected by the political fallout of the Russia-Ukraine war.
Moreover, Pakistan's cost of energy production has also increased following an increase in fuel prices. Almost two-thirds of the country's electricity generation is based on fossil fuels.
Pakistan is set to face its third successive winter energy crisis due to a lack of energy resources.