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ISLAMABAD, Nov 23 (APP): Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad
Rafique Wednesday apprised the Senate that cameras were being installed in train driver’s cabin to monitor drivers activities.
Responding to a calling attention notice raised by Saleem Mandviwala about the train accident at Landhi Railway Station, the minister said after a detailed inquiry, it had been established that neither the train driver nor the assistant driver were present in the cabin at the time of accident. Both the drivers were responsible for the unfortunate accident, he added.
Saad said a detailed report of the inquiry was received eight days after the accident. According to the report, the train was running at the speed of 90 km per hour at the time of accident and emergency brake was not applied.
He said the driver’s family was also traveling in the train and he (driver) was with his family. Strict action, he said, was being taken against the responsible officials. In the past no stern action was taken in such accidents, he added.
He claimed the Railways was purely being run on non political basis
rather purely merit was being followed.
The minister said the Railways’ revenue had surged to Rs 36 billion
from Rs 18 billion. Over 50 million people were traveling on Pakistan Railways while over six per cent increase was recorded in the freight
business, he said.
He said 60,000 trains were being operated annually. The whole railway track was safe and signal system was also completely functional, he added.
Saad Rafique said a comprehensive plan had been chalked out which
would be announced shortly. It would require billions of rupees, he added.