Ef­forts be­ing made to im­prove PR ef­fi­ciency

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RAWALPINDI

Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Rail­ways Ghu­lam Ahmed Bilour has said that all out ef­forts are be­ing made to im­prove per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency of Pak­istan Rail­ways (PR) and to make it a profit earn­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Talk­ing to APP he said that lo­co­mo­tives that were not in run­ning con­di­tion, are be­ing locally re­paired and over­hauled at Cen­tral Diesel Lo­co­mo­tive (CDL) work­shop at a cost of mil­lions of ru­pees by uti­liz­ing Pak­istan Rail­ways own re­sources and man­power.

There are over 12000 parts in a lo­co­mo­tive, he said adding lo­cal and im­ported spare parts were used to over­haul rail en­gines.

At

present, he

said, Pak­istan Rail­ways have to­tal 148 lo­co­mo­tives which are in run­ning con­di­tion but In­dian Rail­ways have 8300 lo­co­mo­tives then how one can com­pare In­dian Rail­ways with Pak­istan Rail­ways.

To a ques­tion the Min­is­ter said most of the rail­way fleet in­clud­ing pas­sen­ger coaches, freight wag­ons and lo­co­mo­tives are out­dated and Pak­istan Rail­ways need a mas­sive fund­ing for re­struc­tur­ing.

To an­other ques­tion the Min­is­ter said that last three years were very dif­fi­cult for Pak­istan Rail­ways but now things have started chang­ing and the af­fairs of Pak­istan Rail­ways would notice pos­i­tive changes.

Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Rail­ways Ghu­lam Ahmed Bilour said that had the bailout pack­age been re­leased on time, the sit­u­a­tion would have been much bet­ter and the deficit would also have been much less.

He said if the bailout pack­age amount­ing to Rs 11.5 bil­lion was given to Pak­istan Rail­ways by the gov­ern­ment dur­ing 2010 then the cir­cum­stances of Rail­ways re­mained un­der con­trol.

Haji Ghu­lam Ahmed Bilour said that there are to­tal 85,000 em­ploy­ees of Pak­istan Rail­ways with over 140,000 pen­sion­ers.

The Min­is­ter said, "I have been fac­ing criticism by cer­tain el­e­ments that I am run­ning a trans­port com­pany with 500 coast­ers but he cat­e­gor­i­cally dis­pelled it say­ing nei­ther I, nor any of my fam­ily mem­ber run a trans­port com­pany."

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