Railways to finalise New Carriage Freight Plan soon

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In order to improve the present situation at operational level of Railways, the revenue position will have to be made better for which a New Carriage Freight Plan is inevitable, said Saad Rafique, Federal Minister for Pakistan Railways while chairing a high level meeting of Pak Railways and its subsidiaries. Arif Azeem, Secretary Ministry of Railways, Junaid Qureshi, G.M. (Operations), Shahid, Secretary Railway Board were also present.

The Minister said, "The plan shall be of short-term duration, to be finalised in July this year and to be executed on pilot basis initially for two years. After due scrutiny as well as evaluation of the plan's implications, mid-term plan for 5 year duration and 10 year long-term plans shall be prepared".

The growing challenge of accommodating both passenger and freight activity on the same transportation system, including issues related to congestion and public safety concerns is of great importance. The Minister said that the facility for Central Diesel Locomotive Shop should be improved.

He took the cognisance of the very fact that the usage of two to three Traction Motors in locomotives was criminal offence and had been a major cause of emanating punctuality problem. The Minister directed all concerned to ensure that by the end of next year, every locomotive should be on 04 Traction Motors to address the timekeeping issue.-PR

Courtesy: BR

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