Nine Chinese locomotives inducted in railways

Minister says railways need 400 more engines

KARACHI – Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique on Saturday expressed the determination that performance of the Pakistan Railways will be improved by inducting new engines.

He was addressing a ceremony of inducting nine new engines imported from China in the Pakistan Railways on Saturday. It is first induction of new engines in Railways in 13 years. The minister said that the railways need 400 more engines to revamp the department.

Under the agreement, China will provide 58 engines by the end of this year and another consignment of 23 engines will reach Pakistan shortly. Saad said that new addition in the railways fleet would significantly increase capacity of the railways. He was confident that the induction of the new engines would help increase the income of the railways.

For smooth running of the locomotives, 50 officials of the railway have been sent to China for training, he said. On the occasion, he told a questioner that people of Karachi would decide fate of former president Pervez Musharraf.

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