Islamabad, July 04, 2012 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has directed the Railways authorities to ensure smooth and punctual operation of long distance trains running between Karachi-Peshawar, Rawalpindi-Karachi, Lahore-Karachi and Rawalpindi-Quetta as many people travel from North to South and South to North on these trains.
The Prime Minister gave these instructions while chairing a meeting held at the PM’s House today which was attended by the Minister for Railways, Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Minister for Finance, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh and the senior officials of the relevant ministries. Pakistan Railways and its rehabilitation is one of my top priorities, the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister also directed the Ministry of Finance to increase the credit line of Pakistan Railways from Rs1.5 billion to Rs. 2 billion for purchase of diesel oil which would eliminate the chances of stoppage of train services due to the non-availability of oil.
The Ministry of Finance also committed to provide Rs. 6.1 billoin for the spare parts for the repair of locomotives for which the tenders are going to be opened on July 22, 2012 and the whole process will be finalized by August 15, 2012 and the opening of the L/C soon after .
It was also decided in the meeting that the Secretary Finance would expedite the removal of irritants in the early procurement of 75 locomotives from China for which the tendering procedure had already been completed.
It was also decided that the repairs of locomotives by the NLC be accelerated for putting the same at the disposal of railways authorities to improve the train service at the earliest possible time. The NLC would repair about 30 locomotives and start delivering after six months and the delivery will be completed within a year.
Secretary Railways also informed that the order had been placed with EMD-USA, for rehabilitation of 27 locomotives. The rehabilitation of the entire fleet will be undertaken at Pakistan Moghulpura Railway Workshop, Lahore. The spare parts for the rehabilitation of the engines will start pouring in soon as the order for the procurements of the same had already been placed with the US Company after completing the tendering formalities.
It was also decided to hire the highly qualified professional to head Asset Management Company of the Pakistan Railways which will look after the Railways surplus land and their commercial exploitation to generate additional revenues.
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