Margala Express rail car started


LAHORE, Jan 10 (APP): Minister for Pakistan Railways (PR) Khawaja Saad Rafique on Sunday launched the Margala Express rail car (Lahore-Rawalpindi-Lahore) service.
Talking to media after inaugurating the new rail car, he said that the new rail car had been started as passengers had increased. He said that already four rail cars were
operational and one more had been started to facilitate the passengers.
The Minister congratulated PR Chief Executive officer(CEO) Javed Anwar Bobak, DSs Rawalpindi and Lahore and all railway management for their efforts in this regard.
He said that due to untiring efforts of the PR employees the department was heading towards progress and reforms were being made to further enhance its efficiency.
“The rail car will earn Rs 200 million annually”, he added.
Saad Rafique said Pakistan Railways had ensured effective time management as no new coaches and locomotives were arranged for this 5th rail car.
The Minister further said that this year five business trains would be upgraded while Business Express would run after composition and upgradation.
Karachi Express and Pakistan Express would also be upgraded adding that Quetta bound as well as another train running from Peshawar would also be upgraded, he added.
The Railways Minister said that Benefit Package would soon be announced for the staff of PR and it was linked with the performance, adding that it would be given in form of
technical allowance or one time benefit.
Saad Rafique said that PR had borne the expenses of the feasibility of ML1 under CPEC Project and the PR team was engaged with the Chinese side.
He said that 20 locomotives of 2000 plus horse power were being procured and they would be used in Bolan Section.He said the PR was also working on the service structure
adding that in past Railways department was never treated seriously.
Responding to a question, he said that Railways was becoming a model for all other institutions, which could  progress but through commitment.
He said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would be a game changer as it would give such an infrastructure to the country which would benefit the coming generations.