ISLAMABAD : The Central Diesel Locomotive Workshop (CDLW) has repaired 117 engines during last year to improve efficiency of the Pakistan Railways. “The CDLW has completely overhauled 80 locomotives and partially repaired 37 engines from October 2011 to December 2012,” an official told APP here Wednesday. The official said the repaired locomotives have been handed over to different railway divisions, including Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Lahore, Multan, Sukkur, Quetta and Karachi.

He said that the workshop overhauled 10 locomotives every month, adding that the organization was functioning to its full capacity round the clock and hoped that the Pakistan Railways added.

He said the government had approved the project “special repair of 150 running locomotives” under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) and the Railways was trying to overcome a shortage of locomotives so that more passenger and freight trains could be operated.

The official said that the purchase of new locomotives was necessary for the revival of Pakistan Railways, however, the government was struggling to make it a profit earning department. He said the Pakistan Railways was planing to launch more projects in line with the policy of public-private partnership.