All passenger coaches to be upgraded in two years: minister

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LAHORE, June 17 (APP): Pakistan Railways Minister Khawaja
Saad Rafique Saturday said that all passenger coaches of all trains
will be upgraded in next two years.
Addressing a meeting at Pakistan Railways Headquarters
here, he said that all trains would be converted into modern
trains after up-gradation of Shalimar Express, Jafer Express
and Pakistan Express trains.
He said that up-gradation work of Awam Express train was
in progress while Karakoram Express, Karachi Express and
Business Express trains had already been equipped with
additional facilities.
He expressed his satisfaction over up-gradation work and
said that up-gradation of all trains would be made on a
predefined latest standard, adding that the PR was providing
several modern facilities including mobile charging in trains.
“Restoration and progress of railways is not possible
without dedication and hardwork of its thousands of workers,” he
added.
He directed the committee concerned to speed up re-structuring
work of the Railways employees and said that he himself would
monitor the process so that differences between employees of different categories could be removed.
Managing Director freight transport and COPS gave briefing on
transportation of coal to Sahiwal Coal Power Plant.
In another meeting, the minister was given briefing about
performance of new American locomotives and training of drivers.
The minister said that new locomotives were future asset
of the railways and therefore those should be well maintained.
In a separate meeting, up-gradation of washing-lines and
out-sourcing for cleanliness of the trains were discussed.
PR CEO Javed Anwar, advisor Anjum Pervaiz and other
senior officers attended the meetings.