Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today chaired a briefing on Pakistan Railways here at Prime Minister’s Office.
Minister for Railways briefed the Prime Minister about various measures that were taken during past four years for the revival of railways. He said that as a result of adoption of a comprehensive business strategy, infrastructure investment, tariff rationalization, introduction of right mix of service and emphasis on better and transparent management, significant increase of passenger and freight revenues have been achieved. The Ministry is now working on a modernization and upgradation plan for the Railways.
The meeting was informed that in 2012-13 total revenue from passenger operations stood at 18.20 billion which has been increased almost three times to Rs. 50.00 billion. Similarly, the revenue from freight operations has also increased from 1.500 billion to Rs. 12.420 billion during the same period. The Government is committed to transform the organization into a vibrant and fast improving entity capable of service delivery at international standards.
Talking about the future plans, the Railways Minister briefed the Prime Minister about early harvest project under CPEC that includes upgradation of existing main line ML-1 (from Peshawar to Karachi) and establishment of a dry port near Havelian.
The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts made for the revival of Railways and stressed upon the need for adoption of modern practices for improvement of infrastructure and providing quality services to the passengers which shall remain the top priority of the Ministry.