LONDON - Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq visited the Pakistan High Commission here on Wednesday and gave an overview of the performance of his Ministry.  He was received by Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK Syed Ibne Abbas.

Addressing the meeting, the Minister stated that the Pakistan Railways witnessed a turnaround within the short span of three years. “This improvement became possible as a result of transparency, dedication and accountability within the Ministry,” he added.

Giving an overview of the improvements made in the Railways, he said that the earnings of entity has significantly increased from Rs. 18.06 billion in 2012-13 to Rs. 36 billion in 2016; I.T. and e-commerce have been introduced; e-ticketing will start next month; Railways land has been retrieved through targeted operations; and land record has also been computerised.

“Similarly the standard of the passenger coaches and the food has improved great deal,” he added.  He also informed the officers that in future the locomotives will be assembled in Pakistan.

On the occasion, the High Commissioner told the Minister about the British companies’ interest in investment in Pakistan Railways and assured of the High Commission’s assistance in realisation of Pakistan Railways’ mega project.

The Minister welcomed the interest of the British companies and offered that the British companies could invest in Pakistan Railways on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis.