A legislative body of upper house of parliament on Tuesday informed that the tentative allocation under Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) 2022-23 of Rs 35 billion for revival of Pakistan Railways.
These discussions were made in the Senate Standing Committee on Railways, which held its meeting on Tuesday and discussed in detail the proposed PSDP plan and future strategies of Pakistan Railways.
The Committee also ratified Senator Faisal Saleem Rehman as member of the Railway Advisory Committee. Chaired by Senator Muhammad Qasim, the meeting was attended by Deputy Chairman Senate, Senator Mirza Muhammad Afridi, Senator Dost Muhammad Khan, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed and senior officers of the Ministry of Railways along with all concerned. Minister for Railways Muhammad Azam Khan Swati was also present.
While reviewing details of the PSDP tentative allocation of PKR 35 billion for 2022-23, Minister for Railways Muhammad Azam Khan Swati informed the Committee of the strides that Pakistan Railways had made in the last 10 months.
He urged the Committee to fully support the PSDP so that the Railways could be revived in Pakistan. He added that if the provinces played their part, the sector could be revolutionized spreading business and trade opportunities far and wide. The Committee was informed of plans to develop the Afghan/Pakistan transit trade route. Minister for Railways Muhammad Azam Khan Swati said that tourism would be enhanced if historical railway routes and stations are revived.