Railways to float tenders for 32 locomotives

Productivity of Risalpur Locomotive Factory to be enhanced: Rafiq

Friday, February 28, 2014 - Islamabad—The National Assembly was informed Thursday that an international tender will be floated for the procurement of 32 locomotives for Pakistan Railways. Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique told the House during question hour that these locomotives will be partially assembled at Pakistan Locomotive Factory Risalpur. He said a contract agreement has been signed for manufacturing of five diesel powered locomotives at the Locomotive Factory. The supply of material and kits for the assembling of these locomotives will be received by May this year.

He said efforts are also being made to prepare a business module to enhance the productivity of Risalpur Locomotive Factory. Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said all the pre-requisites of Japan International Cooperation Agency have been fulfilled to secure financial assistance for Karachi Circular Railway Project. He said feasibility as well as social environmental engineering studies of the project has already been completed. He hoped that the project will be completed within the time span of the present government.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that a special package of Rs 16 billion has been given to the PIA which is being used for the repair of non-operational aircraft. Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Broadcasting Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha said the present government is making efforts to transform Radio Pakistan into a profit-making organization. Several reforms in this regard have already been taken.

He said our prime focus is to enhance revenue of the National Broadcaster through advertisement and timely recovery of dues. He regretted that in the past there was no modus operandi for the recovery of dues. A strong system has now been put in place to recover the advertisement dues and as a result recovery of dues has increased to 200 million rupees. Besides, he said efforts are being made to sell air time of the organization to further enhance its income.

The Parliamentary Secretary said that Radio Pakistan, which reaches about 85 percent population, is broadcasting in 33 international and regional languages. These programmes focus on social, economic, cultural, educational and religious issues. He said it is also part of our party manifesto to promote the provincial languages and the national broadcaster through its regional programmes is also promoting national identity and moral values.

On behalf of Minister for Information Technology, Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch told the House that a PC-I has been prepared for provision of GSM facilities in Neelum District of Azad Jammu and Kashmir at a cost of 185 million rupees. He said the completion of this project will provide mobile connectivity to 85 percent area of Neelum Valley.—INP


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