Dig­i­tal tick­et­ing sys­tem to be fi­nalised by June: Saad Rafique

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Pakistan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.