ISLAMABAD – Installation of modern tracking system at the places controlling the train movement would be completed soon, according to an official of the Pakistan Railways.
The system would be installed at Peshawar Division, Railway Control Office, Rawalpindi Division Railway Control Office, and Lahore Division Railway Control Office, Central Control Office, Headquarter Office, Lahore, Multan Division Railway Control Office, Sukkur Division Railway Control Office, Karachi Division Railway Control Office and Quetta Division Railway Control Office.
An official said that railways had purchased 63 diesel-electric locomotives during the last five years. About 58 new diesel-electric locomotives are being imported in Complete Built Unit (CBU) form amounting to $116.860 million under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP).
The contract agreement was signed with M/s CSR Ziyang, China on 7 December 2012. The project envisages procurement of 29 locomotives of 3000 HP and 29 locomotives of 2000 HP. None of the new 58 locomotives had been declared defective. There had been some initial teething troubles in these locomotives and most of these had been rectified.
These locomotives are being extensively utilized on main line passenger, freight train operations and their performance is being monitored very closely. He said that a contract agreement for procurement and manufacture of 69 No. Diesel Electric (D.E) Locomotives was executed with M/s Dognfang Electric Corporation, China on 8 November -2001.
These locomotives were inducted in the Railways system from the year 2003 to 2008. The locomotives experienced technical defects during the service due to which their availability declined and the overall performance remained un-satisfactory, he added. Presently the case is under NAB's investigation and due action would be taken on finalization of the NAB's investigation.
To a question he said that there is no proposal under consideration of the government to import new locomotives from China and no amount has been allocated for this purpose. He said that present government was taking several steps to reduce the losses included reduction in fares resulted into attracting extra passengers towards rail that consequently increased the passenger earning as well as other coaching.
Availability of locomotives in freight pool had been enhanced from 8 locomotives to 25 locomotives on daily basis that generated activity and made it possible to start three to five freight trains Karachi port daily for up country, he added. The punctuality of passenger trains had been improved from 10% to 55%. HSD Oil reserve was limited for two days which has been enhanced to 12 days to streamline the operation of trains.
He said that Punjab Government cleared outstanding of more than Rs. 800 million. Around 6.211 acres of land retrieved from the encroachers the value of retrieved land amount to Rs 723.781 million. Parliamentary secretary said that from July, 2013 to June, 2014, Pakistan Railways managed to earn Rs.23.981 billion as against Rs.18.069 billion when compared with the same period of corresponding year.