PR to expand its network: Sh. Rashid

RAWALPINDI, Sept 13 (INP): Federal Minister for Pakistan Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has said that PR in assistance of China Railways would expand its existing network hence reaching to the remote parts of the country.

Talking to media persons here on Thursday after inspecting a newly refurbished track for the upcoming train to be run between Rawalpindi and Minawali, he said, “We are all set to bring about a revolution in Railway sector with the help of China.”

He firmly said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has all their support as no one is against this gigantic plan.

The Minister PR said that work on rail link between provincial Quetta, capital of Balochistan and the port city of Gwadar would be carried out with the aim to provide direct link between both the economically important stations.

Sheikh Rashid said efforts are in hand to make the train network financially viable by overcoming the current financial deficit of Rs 42 billion. On corruption in the mega organization, he said “We will work with zero tolerance approach in the sector and all those found involved in this menace would be brought to book.”

If a few elements are involved in corrupt practices that does not mean that the entire organization is corrupt.

He said with the help of existing hardworking and honest lot, efforts would be made to make the organization financially viable. He pointed out that thousands of acres of PR land had been encroached. “We would appeal to the Prime Minister Imran Khan to consider this matter,” so that the encroached land be got vacated from the illegal occupancy.

The minister said that recommendations would be moved forward for the up-gradation of the PR’s rolling stock with the major aim to provide respectable and inexpensive mode of transportation to the masses. He said that PR would improve the condition of the economy class coaches till the advent of next summer.

He said that he would personally keep raiding different trains from time to time with major aim to keep vigil on the performance of the passenger as well as the goods trains.

Sheikh Rashid said that FWO had been contacted for construction of an alternate road between Rawalpindi and Islamabad besides doing away with the curves and turns on the track between Rawalpindi and Gujar Khan.

The project for new road would be executed overhead the Nullah Leh thus providing fast and signal free link to the commuters between twin cities. Execution on the project of turn and curves, he said, the distance of about 40 kms would be reduced between Rawalpindi and Gujar Khan.

He said two new trains are being put on the rails shortly as the PR workers have refurbished their respective rakes within shortest possible time of 20 days. He announced cash reward of Rs 5000 for each of the 30 workers in recognition to their strenuous and laborious efforts for accomplishment of the project.