Pakistan Railways: News & Updates

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    Railway land vacated

    LAHORE, June 24: The Pakistan Railways continued its operation against encroachments and got land worth over Rs60 million vacated from grabbers on Monday.

    According to a spokesman, 79.42 marlas were retrieved in Lahore division, 32.28 marlas in Rawalpindi division and 3.18 acres in Multan division.

    The PR Directorate of Property and Land is supervising the campaign launched by the railway police on a directive of Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique.

    Railway land vacated | Newspaper | DAWN.COM
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    Three officials of Chaklala Railway Station suspended

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    Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique during a surprise visit suspended three officials of Chaklala Station, Rawalpindi, and examined the operation of Hazara Express.

    According to details, during his visit the federal minister found no proper arrangements of cleanliness while all the electrical appliances including ceiling fans, bulbs were out of order. There were no proper arrangements of water and sanitation in washrooms.

    He took a serious action and suspended three officials including Divisional Electrical Engineer (BS-18) Hassan Jamali, Assistant Mechanical Engineer (BS-17) Stephen and a foreman. The federal minister immediately constituted an inquiry committee consisting of Federal Government Inspector Railways of Lahore and Divisional Superintendent Karachi. He said that there will be zero tolerance for any favouritism in the investigation process and asked the committee to submit the report as soon as possible.

    Later on, Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique issued a dead line of three months to all those officers who have been enjoying their ex-Pakistan leave since last three years. He directed to Federal Secretary, Railways, Arif Azeem to submit report to him immediately of all those officers who have been on ex-Pakistan leave and the period of their leave.

    He issued a new policy for sanctioning ex-Pakistan leave according to which the period of leave has been curtailed from three years to one while the officers who already have taken three years leave, will be entitled for two years leave only. Moreover, he said that from now onward he himself will approve ex-Pakistan leave, providing a compassionate reason except the Haj or Umrah leaves that have got immunity from this policy.

    The federal minister emphasised that all those officers who have had availed their ex-Pakistan leave for last two years are supposed to report immediately otherwise necessary action will be taken against the officers failing.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-186077-Three-officials-of-Chaklala-Railway-Station-suspended
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    Pakistan Railways resumes Rawalpindi-Kohat service


    PESHAWAR – Pakistan Railways June 25 again announced the restoration of service between Rawalpindi and Kohat.

    The railway suspended the service in September 2011 because of a shortage of locomotives. It resumed service last November, but a shortage of fuel forced another suspension in May.

    Federal Minister for Railways Khwaja Saad Rafiq announced the restoration of the rail service from Kohat to Rawalpindi last week, SAMAA TV reported.

    Service restoration is meant for the public's convenience and to connect all of southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the rest of the country via Kohat, the notice said.

    Authorities will make arrangements to protect the railway.

    Pakistan Railways resumes Rawalpindi-Kohat service - Central Asia Online
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    Pakistan Railways launches operation against encroachers

    Rawalpindi

    On the directives of Pakistan Railways Minister Khwaja Saad Rafiq, the staff of Property and Land Department of Pakistan Railways launched a grand operation here on Wednesday against the encroachers who had occupied land belonging to the department.

    According to details, the railway minister during his visit to various parts of Rawalpindi took serious notice over the failure of railway officials from getting the departmental lands vacated from encroachers.

    While presiding over a meeting, Khwaja Saad Rafiq had issued special directives to the Divisional Superintendent Rawalpindi Division, Syed Munawar Shah, to take immediate measures for removing encroachers from the railway land so that it could be used for commercial purposes in order to generate revenue for paying the debt. The minister had also issued special orders for taking steps to check corruption at departmental level.

    Following the directives of the minister, the DS set up special team of Property and Land Department headed by Ejaz Ahmed, Executive Engineer and Shahnawaz, Assistant Executive Engineer along with Pakistan Railways policemen. The operation was launched from Dhoke Chiraghdin, Chaklala Cantonment where the railway staff removed all kind of temporary and permanent structures built on Railway land illegally. The sudden operation by railway staff forced the affected people to resist in protest.

    According to the affectees, Pakistan Railways did not issue any kind of notice to them before launching this operation.

    It is high handedness of the government against us, the affectees claimed while talking to this correspondent.

    According to law, a department has to serve legal notices to the related persons before carrying out any kind of operation, but this was not done. While carrying out operation, the staff of Pakistan Railways with the help of police demolished building structures including number of shops, six to seven residential buildings. The affectees have announced to approach the court against the sudden drive of Pakistan Railways without serving notices to them.

    When approached, Ejaz Ahmed, Executive Engineer, confirmed the report of removing permanent and temporary building structures from the land of railways occupied illegally by people.

    He said that Pakistan Railways had served them notices time and again, but the people did not take them seriously. He also confirmed that action against encroachers were taken on the directions of the Railways minister. The drive against encroachers would continue in all parts of cantonment where railway land has been illegally occupied by people.

    Pakistan Railways launches operation against encroachers - thenews.com.pk
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    Railways more land got vacated

    LAHORE, June 26: The Pakistan Railways got 48 acres and two kanals of commercial and residential land vacated from grabbers on Wednesday.

    The market value of the recovered land in the Rawalpindi, Multan, Peshawar, Lahore and Sukkur divisions had been estimated at over Rs216 million, said a spokesman.

    Railways Minister Khwaja Saad Rafique had on June 15 ordered a comprehensive survey of encroachments on railway land in general and along the track in particular as well as removal of all illegal structures from there.

    Meanwhile, PR Police Inspector General Syed Ibne Husain on Wednesday presided over a meeting held to review progress of the ongoing operation against encroachments on railway land.

    He directed all SPs to monitor the performance of station house officers.

    Railways more land got vacated | Newspaper | DAWN.COM
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    I think it is wrong for politicians to threaten bureaucrats, and we can imagine what sort "performance" this guy is looking for. If you threat bureaucrats, then don't complain about getting over thrown by the army.
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    Railways to lease out Risalpur locomotive factory

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways has decided to lease out its Risalpur factory to private sector to convert it into a modern, state-of-the-art locomotive manufacturing facility.

    The main objective of the move is to manufacture 25 locomotives yearly for the Railways and to unitise any excess capacity for potential export opportunities, according to a project document made available to Dawn.

    The private sector consortium would make an upfront payment of Rs1 billion to the Railways after signing of the concession agreement.

    The private party would make investment through its own resources without any financial assistance from the locomotive factory or PR to make the plant a successful and self-sufficient unit. The private party would have no access to locomotive factory’s assets for securing financing for the project.

    The locomotive factory in Risalpur was commissioned in 1993 at a cost of Rs2.28bn with the Japanese assistance. Spreading over 100 acres and with production capacity of 25 locomotives in single shift basis, the factory has so far manufactured 97 locomotives and rehabilitated another 26.

    The factory has been running into losses with only 97 locomotives manufactured in 21 years instead of estimated 235 locomotives since January 1993.

    The Railways has offered the factory to a private sector consortium through the Infrastructure Project Development Facility (IPDF) of the Ministry of Finance.

    The factory will partner with the private sector by contributing land and its existing facilities as a form of equity, while the private party will be responsible for upgrading the factory and its operations.

    The project would have a possible capacity to export products while still retaining the functions of fulfilling the local railway transportation demand and achieving high delegation levels for the industry.

    The concession to private consortium would be for 25 years subject to a manufacturing capacity of at least 25 locomotives a year.

    Official statistics showed that the Railways currently has 300 locomotives which are out of service, waiting major repairs. The government is arranging funding of Rs6.1 billion through a consortium of commercial banks for the rehabilitation of 66 held-up locomotives through PRACS.

    Rehabilitation of 27 locomotives is being arranged through PSDP at a cost of Rs5.108bn for which an agreement has been signed with a US locomotive manufacturing enterprise.

    Special repair of 150 locomotives to improve their reliability and performance was also being carried out through PSDP at a cost of Rs5.005bn. Under this initiative, 20 locomotives would be repaired in 2012-13 and 65 locomotives each in the next two years.

    The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) has already approved the procurement of 275 locomotives, and the delivery of first 50 locomotives will start from March 2014. PR has also submitted a proposal to Planning Commission for another 100 locomotives for approval by Ecnec.

    The Railways has a total of 515 locomotives, out of which more than 300 are off-track for want of service. Since 2011, the number of locomotives available for use has reduced by an average of 10 locomotives a month. By June 2012, only eight locomotives were available for freight and 92 for passengers. As a result, PR revenue earnings have drastically fallen by 25 per cent.

    The worst crisis of the Railways is evident from the fact that the passenger traffic which was 230 trains a day has been reduced to 92 trains daily, while the number of freight trains has dropped from 96 to merely one per day.

    Railways to lease out locomotive factory - DAWN.COM
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    Oi @cb4 - Not to sound 'racist' but only a Kashmiri can fix Pakistan Railways ! :whistle:

    Even if I participated in the protests against the Khwaja, I still think he'd get the job done ! :D

    Does that make me a hypocrite ? :ashamed:

    Or just a Butt ? :unsure:
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    Everyone is a little racist. :D

    PTI -- KPK
    N-League -- Punjab
    PPP --- Sindh
    NP --- Balochistan
    MQM -- Karachi

    To be honest, Khawaja is not that literate but i think he is the right man for the right job. Railways suits him because all you need is ' a Danda' in hand, 'Androoni experience' and determination. :smokin:
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    Lazy, inefficient officers to be purged from Railways: Saad Rafiq

    Lahore - Railways Federal Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique on Monday said that inefficient and tardy department heads within Railways would be replaced with qualified, competent and motivated officers.

    During a media briefing, the Railways minister said that their employees faced political pressure during the last tenure and problems were created due "corrupt" officers’ appointments in the past.

    He stressed that the newly elected government would not allow politically motivated appointments, transfers or promotions and added that all offices would be headed by honest officers with a clean track record.

    Khawaja Saad said that a re-structuring plan for the Railways was being prepared, and it would be finalised after joint consultation with the trade union, experts and retired employees.

    He told the media that a five-year vision would be sketched which would be reviewed annually.

    "I have focused on locomotives and improving tracks and freight trains and have ordered to improve the services of Tez Gam Express, Karakoram, Quetta and Karachi Express by July 31", he informed.

    He said that new and restored locomotives would be included next year of which two thirds would be specified for freight trains. He also announced that two more freight trains would be launched soon.

    The minister said that an independent Vigilance Cell headed by a retired judge would be established, and all irresponsible officials would be removed.

    He also said that a grade 20 officer from the Press Information Department would be deputed as public relations director. He was hopeful that this important state institution could be overhauled if concerted and dedicated efforts were made.

    Lazy, inefficient officers to be purged from Railways: Saad Rafiq | Pakistan Today | Latest news | Breaking news | Pakistan News | World news | Business | Sport and Multimedia
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    Canada offers technical help to Pakistan Railway

    Karachi—Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan Greg Giokas has said here that Canada can offer Pakistan locomotives for the railway besides technical help.

    The Canadian High Commissioner was exchanging views with President Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Muhammad Haroon Agar, according to a statement of KCCI on Friday.

    Greg Giokas who was accompanied by Honorary Consul General of Canada in Karachi Byram D. Avari, said the Canada Pacific Railway can tender for locomotives required by Pakistan Railway. Canada can also provide expertise in agriculture to Pakistan, he said.

    He opined that regional trade is crucial to uplift economy and explore market access in the countries worldwide, Pakistan has to achieve a quantum leap in regional trade. He appreciated smooth and peaceful transition of government through elections and was of the view that the new Government should accord priority to economic development and revise its policies as per their commitments.

    A vibrant reciprocal trade is pre-requisite to Preferential or Free Trade Agreement without which such an arrangement is not possible, he said.—APP

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    This govt should think about investing and building local rail industry either private or public, other countries are willing to help.
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    Railway needed to be privatized!
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    Nope! Its govts responsibility to make it a profitable organization solely by its own, Cant this govt do that one job??
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    It should be a little bit of both.

    Government involvement is necessary to take action against encroachments, build networks between cities and provinces, subsidize and supply power, and connect and allow foreign investment.

    Privatization should be for locomotives and manufacturing facilities, advertizements, food catering, technology in stations, waste management facilities, and setting up commercial zones in land
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