Pakistan’s railway system has improved significantly in the last four years and an inexpensive and fast mode of transportation is being provided to the general public, according to the Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique. It has been recently reported that Pakistan Railways has added 55 computerized locomotives to its fleets.
The US manufactured locomotives have a 4,000 horsepower. According to Saad Rafique, the new locomotives will help Pakistan Railways in earning more revenue and accumulate profits for the institution. Pakistan Railways in the second phase will add another 20 engines to its fleet that will be used to run passenger trains in Bolan area.
Moreover, brake engines will also be procured by the end of the year that will be used for mountainous areas. In order to fulfil the requirements of modern engines by 2025, Pakistan Railways has sent the PC-1 form to the Pakistan Planning Commission. Saad Rafique said that they know the importance of getting new locomotives and hence planning has been done accordingly.
According to the Pakistan Railways Vision 2025, the ministry is seeking to increase the share of rail transport from 4% to 20% by 2025. During the process, railway lines will be upgraded, current infrastructure will be improved, punctuality of trains will be monitored, and new engines will be bought.
The first phase of the project was completed this year and the second phase is expected to be completed by 2021. The improvement in the rail network since 2013 has increased the confidence of travelers as trains are now arriving on time. The process of upgrading the railway tracks has also started and new lines have been proposed in order to connect Gwadar Port with Central Asia.
Khawaja Saad Rafique said that Pakistan Railways will now play an active part in improving the economy of the country by serving the industrial and business sectors. Saad Rafique also said that it is the first time that revolutionary changes have been made to Pakistan Railways since World War II.