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March 1, 2012

Pakistan Railways to revamp 96 locomotives


March 1, 2012

Pakistan Railway Advisory & Consultancy Services (PRACS), a subsidiary of Pakistan Railways would revamp 96 locomotives from the funds allocated by the federal government.
Credible sources informed ‘The News’ here Wednesday that the federal government has recently announced to provide funds worth Rs6.4 billion for this purpose.
The main objective of government funding relates to improving the condition of Pakistan Railways, which has collapsed due to severe financial crunch for the last one year. The government had couple of months ago also released Rs2.24 billion to the Pakistan Railways for clearance of employees’ salaries and purchase of diesel, which went short, halting operation of number of passenger trains. However, the operation of suspended trains has revived from main stations after government injected much needed funding into the department. Now the government is lending loan to Pakistan Railways for rehabilitation of locomotives.
In order to revive the condition of Pakistan Railways, some officials last year had also recommended the concerned high authorities for complete suspension of passenger trains for one year and operating only freight trains.
PRACS Secretary Zafar Zaman Ranjha while commenting on the report agreed that the releasing process of funds by government is in final stages. As soon as PRACS receives funding, work on rehabilitation of old and faulty locomotives would be initiated. In all PRACS would rehabilitate 96 locomotives. He agreed to a question that at present no freight train is operating in any station of the country. “However, we are laying emphasis to run 80 per cent freight trains after refurbishing 96 locomotives,” he added.
However, he told that 85 per cent funds would be spent on refurbishing work. The entire work would be completed before the end of the current year, the secretary assured. To a question, he agreed to the claims of several officials that the condition of Pakistan

Railways is improving. Besides receiving funds, related minister and other concerned quarters taking other major steps for reviving Pakistan Railways, which are underway.

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