Railways to float International tender to procure 20 locomotives, NA told

Islamabad: The National Assembly was informed on Thursday that a special package of 16 billion rupees has been given to the PIA which is being used for the repair of non-operational aircraft.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told this during question hour.

Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique told the House that an international tender will be advertised for the procurement of 20 locomotives for Pakistan Railways.

He said these locomotives will be partially assembled at Pakistan Locomotive Factory Risalpur.

Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said all the pre-requisites of Japan International Cooperation Agency have been fulfilled to secure financial assistance for Karachi Circular Railway Project. He said feasibility as well as social environmental engineering studies of the project has already been completed. He hoped that the project will be completed within the tenure of the present government.

On behalf of Minister for Information Technology‚ Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch told the House that a PC-I has been prepared for provision of GSM facilities in Neelum District of Azad Jammu and Kashmir at a cost of 185 million rupees. He said the completion of this project will provide mobile connectivity to 85 percent area of Neelum Valley.

Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Broadcasting Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha said the present government is making efforts to transform Radio Pakistan into a profit-making organization. Several reforms in this regard have already been introduced.

He said our prime focus is to enhance revenue of the National Broadcaster through advertisement and timely recovery of dues. He regretted that in the past there was no modus operandi for the recovery of dues.

Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha said a strong system has now been put in place to recover the advertisement dues and as a result recovery of dues has increased to 200 million rupees.

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