Railways plans to buy locomotives from Korea

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways plans to buy diesel locomotives from South Korea for which a five-member delegation of the ministry is already in Seoul to negotiate the deal. The delegation is headed by Muhammad Junaid Qureshi, general manager operations, and comprises Mubeen ud Din, chief mechanical engineer (locomotives), Rahat Mirza, deputy chief mechanical engineer (diesel), Zulfiqar Sheikh, manager works, and Muhammad Yusuf, deputy chief planning of Pakistan Railways Karachi, an official told APP on Monday.

He said that during their stay in South Korea, the railways official would visit locomotive manufacturing plants, inspect the proposed engines and hold necessary meetings to finalise the purchase.The official said that South Korea had upgraded their railways network from diesel to electrifying system to control the environment threats.

The Koreans have a sufficient stock of locomotives and have shown their interests to sell diesel locomotives to Pakistan since these are useless for them after running of locomotives on electricity.

The official said, on an experimental basis, South Korea may handover five locomotives to Pakistan Railways free-of-cost that would follow the finalisation of the deal.These locomotives were manufactured by General Electric Company and available on cheap rates as compared to the new ones available with the United States and China.

The official said that after the successful deal, Pakistan Railways would be in a position to make operational all Korean locomotives after making necessary modification at Pakistan Railways Factory at Risalpur.

The railways, is facing serious problems due to the shortage of locomotives and there are only 70 to 80 fully functional locomotives against the demand of around 400, he added.

Courtesy: The News

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