ISLAMABAD – A major terminal of the Pakistan Railways, Rawalpindi Station, was exposed to the security threats, as the authority could not manage to install Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras due to paucity of funds.

An official of the ministry told the agency that the government was making all-out efforts to improve law and order, however there was delay in execution of the project at Rawalpindi Station due to financial constraints.

He said the ministry had planned to install CCTV cameras at all the major railway stations across the country but could only manage to execute the plan to major railway stations of Karachi and Lahore. “The CCTV cameras will help railway security personnel to monitor the movement of suspicious people, especially terrorists,” he added.

The cameras would be connected with a computer room at the railway station that would also help the authorities to take action against the violators of the ban on smoking.

The official said the railways police in collaboration with respective city police stations has tightened security at all railway stations of Rawalpindi division. Commenting on measures to improve performance of the railways, he said, 55 modern coaches from China have arrived in the country, which would be attached with different trains after completing the required tests.

“Among 55 coaches, 12 are air-conditioned business class, one AC sleeper, 31 economy class, five power vans, four brake vans and two are dining cars,” he said. He said 147 more coaches would be prepared in Islamabad Carriage Factory by the Railway engineers at a cost of Rs 17 billion, which would help improve efficiency of Pakistan Railways.

To a question, he said PR is offering track infrastructure to Pakistani private parties for use of their own trains in lieu of payment of Track Access Charges. Due to acute shortage of funds, the private parties have been invited to invest in repair of 200 inoperative locomotives on the basis of public private partnership (PPP).