Digital ticketing system to be finalised by June: Saad Rafique
MUZAFFAR ALI LAHORE— Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Friday said an agreement to introduce electronic ticketing system in Pakistan Railways would be finalized by June, while the entire system would be shifted to e- ticketing by year end.
The minister further said six more trains would be upgraded next year. The minister was addressing a press conference here at the Pakistan Railways Headquarters.
Khawaja Saad Rafique further said in three or four years every train will be upgraded.
He said after Business Express, Karakoram, Karachi and Multan Expresses; Pakistan Express is also being upgraded.
He said Bahawalpur Railway Station is being revamped after Okara and Sahiwal.
Elaborating on new projects, the minister announced that 31 more railway stations would be refurnished next year.
Answering a question the minister said the Royal Palm case is in the Supreme Court and it is expected that hearings would start soon.
While answering another question, the minister said NAB is investigating the Business Train case and the Railways would get the money due from the then administration of Business Train.
Talking about the deficit of Pakistan Railways, the minister said it has been reduced from Rs37 billion to Rs27 billion.
“However, we bore the extra expenditures of Rs2 billion in wake of pensions,” adding he said we took many radical steps to enhance the income of Pakistan Railways, and Freight Operations increased seven times.
Answering a query, the minister said Pakistan Railways would recover its investment being pumped in to upgrade trains.