Pakistan Railways has leased out around 4,451 acres of its land during the last three years to transform the department into profitable entity by generating more revenue.
According to an official, leased-out land was lo-cated in seven divisions including Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Rawalpindi Multan and Sukkar.
The official also divulged details of a plan, aimed at exploiting 25 mega sites of Pakistan Railways commercially under public-private partnership.
An expression of interest to hire the consultant for the purpose was given in the newspapers last year, he said.
Likewise, a second phased was also on the cards under which some 111 new commercial sites were identified for commercial use through public private partnership.
To a question, he said Pakistan Railways has also decided to accelerate its ongoing anti-encroachment operation against land grabbers across the country to recoup its land from different individuals, groups and even business organizations using it for residen-tial, commercial and agriculture purposes for dec-ades.“The encroachment operation will be launched with the assistance of Railway Police and district admini-strations of the provincial governments,” he added.
He said that PR has retrieved over 478 acres pre-cious land worth billion of rupees from illegal occu-pants under its anti-encroachment operation across the country during the present government tenure.
He said the government was taking several steps to retrieve encroached land from the land grabbers including detailed survey was being carried out to identify the encroached land, occupied by the indi-viduals and under illegal occupation of various gov-ernment departments.The official said that First Information Reports (FIRs) were being lodged and cases were registered and sent to PR Judicial Magistrates for expeditious trial.
The issue regarding illegal occupation and posses-sion of PR’s land by government departments and institutions has also been taken up with the con-cerned departments, he added.The official said PR owned 167,690 acres of land across the country, of which 90,326-acre was in Punjab, 39,428-acre in Sindh, 28,228-acre in Ba-lochistan and 9,708-acre in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.