PM: Steady reforms vital to steer Pakistan Railways out of deficit

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Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Imran Khan says uninterrupted reforms process in railway is very imperative to steer out this national institute from deficit.

He was chairing a meeting on ongoing reform process in Pakistan Railways, progress in Karachi Circular Railway Project and Prime Minister’s Railway Green Initiative, in Islamabad on Monday.

The Prime Minister said that an improved railway system would not only provide better transportation facilities to the people but will also help in resolving transport related issues and improving the economy.

The meeting was informed that a plan is under process to construct a special freight corridor for freight vehicles parallel to the Lahore-Karachi railway track through which Pipri will be connected to Karachi Port Trust to address the transport related problems of Karachi city.

Referring to the Karachi Circular Railway project, it was informed that Pakistan Railways has developed a model on Build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis which will ensure improved service to the passengers.

It was informed that a detailed reform program is underway to overcome the losses in the institute. The meeting was also briefed on the progress of ML-1 project.

It was also given detailed briefing on land identified for planting trees along a 221 km long track where trees will be planted.

The meeting was attended by Railway Minister Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, Planning Minister Asad Umar, Advisor on Institutional Reforms Dr Ishrat Hussain, Federal Secretaries and senior officers.

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