Railways back on track; transforms into profit-earning entity: Saad Rafique

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APP29-21 RAWALPINDI: April 21 - Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique addressing media persons at the inauguration ceremony of New Rake of Khyber Mail at Rawalpindi Railway station. APP photo by Saeed-ul-Mulk

RAWALPINDI, Apr 21 (APP):Pakistan Railways has eventually been transformed into a profitable organization, due to consistent efforts for streamlining its affairs and enhancing revenues.
Federal Minister for Railway, Khawaja Saad Rafique on Saturday expressed these views while talking to media after inauguration of refurbished Khyber Mail Train at Rawalpindi Railway Station.
Hectic efforts are now bearing the fruits and the department has achieved the target of over Rs 50 billion revenue generation till June 30, he added.
He said Pakistan Railways has become a profit-earning entity for the first time.
Currently, passengers prefer to travel by train instead of other
transportation modes as arrival/depature schedule is being strictly
ensured, he added.
He said the timely arrival and departure has made people to opt
for travel by rail, which is a positive sign.
He also informed that Pakistan Railway has almost 73,000
employees and 18,000 pensioners while 65% to 68% revenue is
being spent for welfare of employees.
He said Pakistan Muslim League-N government is making all
out efforts to provide basic amenities of life to the people, adding
PML-N would hopefully achieve success in next elections of 2018
on the basis of performance.
Earlier, the Minister was briefed that the Khyber Mail would run
between Peshawar to Karachi and consists of 4 rakes including 16
coaches in each rake.
The first rake of Khyber mail has been upgraded by ensuring
improvement in amenities including seats replacement, charging
points, electric system and overall refurbishment.
The rake consists of 06 economy, 03 AC Business, 01 AC
Standard, 01 ACC sleeper, 01 Dinning Car, 01 Postal Van, 01 Military
courier, 01 Luggage Van and 01 Power Van.