ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Railways (PR) has purchased 202 coaches of different types from China at a cost of above Rs16 billion in a bid to facilitate passengers, official sources told TheNation on Monday.

Earlier, an Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) had approved the purchase and manufacturing of 202 coaches with cost of Rs. 15.889 billion ostensibly to save the sinking ship of Pakistan Railways, which was once a profit-oriented organisation when it had a profit boring freight service plying in all over the country.

The sources further told that during last week Pakistan Railways had received 202 coaches of various categories. Out of 202 coaches, 56 were in Completely Built Unit (CBU) condition while parts of remaining 146 coaches had also been received here and are currently in assembling process, official sources said, adding, “remaining 146 coaches would be built here in different carriage workshops of Pakistan Railways, largely in Rawalpindi and Lahore carriage workshops.

They said at present these coaches are being utilised in Karakorum Express plying between Lahore and Karachi Cantt and also added that a deal is also under process to get more locomotives from neighbouring China to meet the burgeoning demands of the country.