PR to bring about revolution with Chinese help: Minister

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APP04-13 RAWALPINDI: September 13 – Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed talking to media persons after inspecting Mianwali Rail Car Rake Rawalpindi Station. APP photo by Javed Qureshi

RAWALPINDI, Sep 13 (APP):Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Thursday said
that Pakistan Railways (PR) with the help of China Railways would expand its
existing network hence reaching to the remote parts of the country.
“We are all set to
bring about a revolution in Railway sector with the help of China”, he said
while talking to media person after inspecting a newly furbished rake for the
upcoming train to run between Rawalpindi and Minawali.
He said in clear and firm tome that China Pakistan Economic
Corridor (CPEC) project has all their support as no one is against this
gigantic plan.
He said that work on rail link between provincial capital of
Balochistan –
Quetta and the port city
of Gawadar would be carried out with the aim to provide direct link between
both the economically important stations.
He said that efforts are in hand to make the train network
financially viable by overcoming the current financial deficit of Rs 42 billion.
On corruption in the maga organization, he said “We will
work with zero tolerance approach in the sector and all those found involved in
this menace would be brought to book.”
If a few elements are involved in corrupt practice that does not translate that
the entire organization is corrupt.
He said with the help of existing hardworking and honest lot,
efforts would be made to make the organization financially viable.
He pointed out that thousands of acres of PR land had been
encroached. “We would appeal to the Prime Minister Imran Khan to consider this matter,”
so that the encroached land be got vacated from the illegal occupancy.
He said that recommendations would be moved forward for the
up-gradation of the PR’s rolling stock with the major aim to provide respectable
and inexpensive mode of transportation to the masses. He said that PR would
improve the condition of the economy class coaches till the advent of next
summer.
He said that he would personally keep raiding different
trains from time to time with major aim to keep vigil on the performance of the
passenger as well as the goods trains.
He said that FWO had been contacted for construction of an
alternate road between Rawalpindi and Islamabad besides doing away with the
curves and turns on the track between Rawalpindi and Gujar Khan.
The project for new road would be executed overhead the Nullah
Leh thus providing fast and signal free link to the commuters between twin
cities. Execution on the project of turn and curves, he said, the distance of
about 40 kms would be reduced between Rawalpindi and Gujar Khan.
He said two new trains are being put on the rails shortly as
the PR workers have refurbished their respective rakes within shortest possible
time of 20 days. He announced cash reward of Rs 5000 for each of the 30 workers
in recognition to their strenuous and laborious efforts for accomplishment of
the project.