ISLAMABAD : First consignment of 23 locomotives from China would arrive on March 24 for use in freight operations of Railways. An official of Railways said that freight train operations will gradually be increased. The official said that by the end of this year, at least six freight trains would be made operational which would help generate revenue of Rs 20 to 25 million per day. At present, three to four freight trains were being operated on daily basis which has resulted in increase of revenue. The entire fleet of locomotives have outlived their utility and the older locomotives need to be replaced with new ones as soon as possible, he added.

On the direction of the Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique, he said all out efforts were being made to ensure timely arrival and departure of trains and make Pakistan Railways profitable organization.

He added that dedication and hard work was required to steer the department out of challenges.

He said private investment would be welcomed where it was needed and it would be done through a transparent method.

The official said steps were being taken to utilize the Railways land in most efficient way.

He said the department was also going for computerizing data of its lands.