KHANEWAL

Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq said that Pakistan Railways will improve facilities for train passengers, claiming that its earnings have increased during his tenure as minister.

During his short visit to Khanewal Railways Station, Saad Rafiq said that Pakistan Railways is now going on proper track and profitability and increase in its daily and monthly business shows its good performance. He said that when he became minister, the earnings of the department stood at Rs18.06 billion while now it surpassed Rs35 billion mark till June 2016. He added that earlier, the income from freight trains was Rs1.80 billion and now it was likely to jump to Rs 12 billion till June.

“But still we need to go a long way to rehabilitate the railway sector,” he added. Taking aerial view from a very high bridge, the minister asked the PR officials present there how senior citizens, patients and disabled persons climb up the bridge to reach the platforms. They answered that the bridge is the only source for the railway passengers. The federal minister asked the PR engineering wing to prepare a feasibility report of railway platforms for direct approach of the passengers.

On the occasion, GM Anwar Bobuk, IG Railway Police Munir Chishti, DCO Tahir Marwat and DS Railways Zafarullah from Multan and Lahore were also present. After a short stay on the station, he left for Sahiwal by a special train.