Islamabad - Federal Minister for Railway Shaikh Rasheed Ahmad has said that they will provide 20,000 jobs and construct 5,000 residential units for railway employees.
"Under the CPEC the entire railway track will be upgraded and will try to provide train facility for the pilgrim going to Iran," Federal Minister for Railways Shaikh Rasheed said while addressing a press conference here on Monday.
He said that 32 railway stations will be upgraded across the country. Shaikh Rasheed said that Margalla and Chaklala railway stations will also be upgraded. “The illegal occupants should vacate the railway land as government is planning to construct 5,000 residential units for the railway employees,” he maintained. The minister said that they will provide 20,000 jobs and will improve the railways system prior to next summer.
He said that tree will be planted on both sides of the railway tracks and plaza and food streets will be constructed on the railway stations. There is zero-tolerance for corruption and it will be routed out from Pakistan Railways.
He said that Sukkur fast train will be started and all the railway hospitals would be upgraded. "We will welcome investment in Pakistan Railways" he added.
He said that an online booking system is being improved and E- Ticketing system is also being introduced. Special people and senior citizens will get special facility on trains, the minister added.
Earlier while taking his first briefing Federal Minister for Railway Sh. Rasheed said that there will be no political interference in the affairs of Pakistan Railways.
Shaikh Rasheed expressed these views after assuming the charge of Federal Minister of Railways was briefed about Pakistan Railways at Ministry of Railways.
He asked for innovation in the Pakistan Railways. He asked to double the freight trains. He clearly mentioned that Carriage Factory, Islamabad shall be improved. The reason behind losses shall also be studied in detail. He said that no locomotive should be stopped. He also inquired about Risalpur Locomotive Factory, sick locomotives and Quetta-Taftan section. He also asked to open Pakistan Railways for investment. The minister said Sukkur will be given top priority.
The briefing was also attended by Javed Anwar, Chairman Ministry of Railways, Aftab Akbar, CEO Pakistan Railways, Raja Zaheer, SP Pakistan Railways Police, Farukh Taimur Ghilzai, Secretary Railway Board, Munawar Ali Shah, DG Technical and Maryam Gillani, DG Operations.