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Prime Minister directs Railways to improve efficiency

Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has directed the Ministry of Railways to get the railway locomotives repaired expeditiously to improve the rail efficiency and transportation of goods in the country, so critical for the convenience of the people and also to the economy.

The Prime Minister said this during a briefing by the Secretary Railways at the Prime Minister’s House today, which was attended by Minister for Finance, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Minister for Railways, Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Dr Nadeem-ul-Haq, Secretary Finance, Secretary Economic Affairs Division and other senior officials of the relevant Ministries.

Secretary Railways informed the meeting that the Railway Management was pro-actively engaged in getting the off-track locomotives repaired, and had already put back 21 locomotives in operation in the month of November. He said that 19 locomotives in the current month and 15 locomotives in the month of January would be repaired.

He further said that the Business Express Train and the Shalimar Express Train will also commence operations during third week of next month and these trains would provide rail travelling facilities of high standards to the businessmen and the people alike between Lahore and Karachi. He said that these trains would operate on public-private partnership basis. The Prime Minister would inaugurate their operations sometime during next month.

The Secretary Railways said that the arrangements for the undisrupted supply of diesel had been worked out and as such rail service would improve considerably with far less chances of disruption in the service.

The Secretary further said that the Ministry of Finance had released Rs.600 million for making payment on account of electricity charges.

Speaking on the occasion, the General Manager Operations said that the payment of electricity bills would lead to the improvement of rail services besides ensuring its punctuality.

The Secretary Railways said that three trains namely Rohri Express from Rawalpindi to Multan, Rawalpindi-Lahore Rail Car have been restored while Sandal Express from Sargodha to Multan via Jhang will be restored during next month.

The Secretary further said that the pension and the salaries have been underwritten by the government of Pakistan as per the decision taken by the Prime Minister in a meeting held on November 3, 2011.

The General Manager further said that the service of cargo train between Karachi and Lahore would also commence this month and the frequency of cargo trains will get momentum with every passing month.

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