KARACHI: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Saturday said that after several years, Pakistan Railways had received nine 2000-horsepower locomotives from China which would be helpful in making Pakistan Railways a profitable organization.
Addressing a press conference at Karachi West Wharf on receiving locomotives from China, Saad Rafique said that nine rail-engines were received while remaining 14 locomotives will reach Pakistan within days which would be helpful in stabilizing operations of railways.
He said that the new engines were manufactured with the cooperation of a United States Company- Caterpillar -which is renowned for its products.
Rafique recalled that nine years had passed when the railways had purchased 69 locomotives for billions of rupees which ran only for two years.
Speaking on security of railway tracks, the minister said that total length of railway tracks are 11,000 kilometres and they were monitoring sensitive areas with CCTV cameras. He said it was not possible for them to monitor entire railway track through these cameras.
“Patrolling is stepped up in sensitive areas and railway tracks in sensitive areas are monitored several times a day to detect any suspicious activity,” he said.
He regretted that provincial governments were not providing efficient support to protection of rail tracks and talks in this regard were continuing with them.
He said engines are lifeline of Pakistan Railway and we have agreed to take them from China over promise of no defects. “These engines will help Pakistan Railways to improve its performance and earn profit,” he said.
Saad said that timings of arrival and departure of trains had improved upto 25 percent and after induction of new engines it would further get better.
Speaking on the issue of General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, he said that Musharraf has now settled in Karachi and it was the responsibility of Karachiites to take decision regarding him.
Over MQM-PPP alliance in Sindh, the PML-N leader said that there was nothing to say over this alliance as they become friends in morning and foes in evening.
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