Gwadar Port to be connected with railway network

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways is focussing on connecting Gwadar Port with railways network and establishing new dry port at Havelian to generate revenues.

The government is committed to make Pakistan Railways a profitable organization and a number of steps are being taken in this regard, an official in the Ministry of Railways told APP.

Pakistan Railways is involving private parties in commercial management of four passenger carrying trains and cargo express trains, he added.

He said right mix of passenger and freight trains and a freight transport company is being established to give top priority to freight transportation for generating revenues.

To control corruption in the department, he said there is astrict control over expenditures through computerized payments and pensions to eliminate ghost pensioners and rule out possibility of over payments.

He said that procurement of new boogie oil tank wagons and new state-of-the-art locomotives would also enhance the revenue for the department.

The official said the project of online tracking system and monitoring of locomotives and freight wagons is also on cards.

The terminal facilities are being augmented to curtail loading un-loading time by introducing modern facilities.

He said Pakistan Railways is in process of up-gradation of its existing tracks on main corridor with the collaboration of China.

“Existing speed of trains from Karachi to Lahore would be increased upto 160 kms per hour and from Lahore to Peshawar upto 120 kms per hour,”he added.

Pakistan Railways would renovate and up-grade railway stations in collaboration with National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK), he added.

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