Railway to achieve target of Rs40b revenue: Saad


PR starts land record computerization: PAC told


Minister for Railways Khwaja Saad Rafique on Wednesday said the revenue of Railway had increased Rs 36.5 billion form Rs 18 billion since last three and half years of the present government.
Speaking in a workshop for the formation of Pakistan Railway Strategic Plan (PRSP), the minister said that ministry of Railway would achieve the target of Rs 40 billion revenue during current fiscal year.
He said the Pakistan Railway has arranged this workshop with the collaboration of Asian Development Bank (ADB) regarding its strategic plan. He said keeping in view the performance of Pakistan Railway during last three and half year’s, Asian Bank has offered the government for a hefty investment in this sector.
Saad Rafique said the up gradation of railway track from Peshawar to Lahore would be completed with the cooperation of ADB. He said all railway tracks would be upgraded according to modern technologies adding that locomotive and carriage factories would also be upgraded.
The minister said that all record of railway land would be computerized in next three months and service structure of the institution will be improved. He said the Peshawar-Torkham track was closed since long time and after the complete study of the track it would be reopened soon.
He said in past people were not ready to travel on rail system due to its poor services but after reforms of the present government their number had increased by 15 millions.
Meanwhile, the Public Accounts Committee meeting held under the chairmanship Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah on Wednesday was informed that Pakistan Railways has started work on the computerization of Railway land record.
Members of the committee MNAs Raja Muhammad Javed Ikhlas, Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, Dr. Darshan, Shaikh Rohale Asghar, Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, Mian Abdul Mannan, Abdul Rashid Godil, Mahmood Khan Achakzai and Shahida Akhtar Ali also present on the occasion.
The committee is briefed by the senior officials of Pakistan Railways about its performance and operations. The committee raised various questions pertaining to reduction of stops of trains at various railways stations.
Member of the committee Mahmood Khan Achakzai said on number of ailways stations trains do not stop creating inconvenience to the passengers of that respective areas.
Chairman of the committee Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah observed that there is constant decrease in the rail tracks and locomotives. He said Pakistan Railways workshop is one of the biggestin Asia but unfortunately not operational.
Secretary Railways said Pakistan Railways allocated very less funds in comparison to National High Authority in previous years. She said only on short term land are leased and there is complete ban on the sale of Railways land as per policy.
Chairman PAC also raised question regarding leasing a building near Sukkur Railway Station which is converted into marriage hall. Secretary Railways said ministry would conduct inquiry into the matter and submit its report to the committee.
Senior officials of Pakistan Railways said work on doubling of track upto Lahore is completed, adding that e-ticketing system has been also introduced.
They said private sector participation encouraged to further improve the services. The officials said passenger insurance has introduced and passengers facilitation centers has established to entertain the passengers.—APP

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