Pakistan Railways is gearing up to making operational more passenger and freight trains as repair and overhauling of 27 locomotives are nearing completion, said Federal General Inspector Pakistan Railways Ghulam Muhammad Qureshi.

Talking to the media here after inspection of Hafizabad Railway Station, he said that 58 locomotives were being imported from China next month which would help in restoration of more trains to provide cheap and better travelling facilities to the commuters. He pointed out that more than 200 hundred passenger trains used to operate across the country but due to lack of locomotives, limited resources and exorbitant rise in expenditures, only 96 passenger trains were operating at present. Ghulam Qureshi said that the PR was faced with a loss of Rs60 billion currently.

Replying to a question, the PR federal general inspector claimed that business train being run on Lahore-Karachi routes was also faced with huge loss due to over expenditures. He said that purchase of 150 new engines from America was also held in abeyance and after the import of these engines the functioning of PR would be further improved.

To another question, Ghulam Qureshi asserted that there were 485 unmanned railway crossings across Punjab and negotiations were underway with the Punjab government to establish gates on these crossings to prevent fatal incidents. He assured that new trains on Wazirabad-Hafizabad-Faisalabad Section would be started soon and speed of the trains on the track would be increased from 75 km to 105 km per hour. He also assured repair to the waiting room and toilets at Hafizabad railway station, saying that the repair would be completed in a short time.

On the occasion, Karachi-Rawalpindi bound Pakistan Express reached Hafizabad four hours late. He said that efforts were being made to ensure scheduled departure and arrival of trains. He appreciated Station Master Ch Muhammad Asghar for his better functioning and awarded him cash prize of Rs1,000.

CMIT MEMBER: The provincial government was committed to provide essential commodities to the consumers at reasonable rates, declared Member Chief Minister Inspection Team Ghulam Muhammad Lali.

During surprise visit to Sasta Bazaar, he checked quality of different items at stalls. He directed the local administration to ensure availability of all essential commodities particularly wheat flour, fruit and vegetables at cheapest possible rates at the bazaar.