LAHORE, Dec 15 (APP):As many as 300 trackers are being installed in trains to enble people track trains’ position and movement during travelling through internet within 15 days.This was disclosed by Pakistan Railways(PR) Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad in a press conference at the PR headquarters here on Saturday.
He said that trackers had been provided to the railways by a local engineer.
He said the railways control-room in the headquarters was also being modernised so that railway staff could see
the position of the train, and take step in rescuing train and passengers timely in case of any emergency.
The minister said that hand devices would be provided to the trains’ special ticket examiners (STEs) to curb ticket
dodgers.
“We want to operate a modern VVIP train with the help of any five stars hotel and soon a good news in this regard
will be shared,” he said.
He said that administrations of some five stars hotel also contacted the railways for running a train, however,
the investment committee would decide about it.
The minister said that the railways was also providing facility of transportation to the fertilizer manufacturer
and now fertilizers would be transported by rail.
He said that a discussion with Pakistan Air force for the supply of fuel through railways was underway, adding
that a meeting was held with PAF Air Vice Marshel Amir Masood at the railways headquarters on today (Saturday).
He said that a new train Rehman Baba Express was ready to be launched and it would start chugging from December 23, adding that no ticket of the train was available till December 31.
He disclosed that a new freight container train from Karachi was being introduced from December 25 and PRFTC had
been given a task to operate three such trains before March 23, 2019.
“Moreover, the number of freight trains are being increased from 10 to 15 soon,” he added.
He said that the railways had saved fuel of Rs 250 million with the help of Chairman Railways Jalal Sultan Sikandar, CEO M Aftab Akbar and other railways staff.
“A committee has also been formed to look into the matters of petroleum and those staffers will be changed within 15 days who were performing in petroleum sector for the last two years,” he added.
He hoped the railways would be uplifted according to the aspirations of the people within a year.