ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed on Tuesday that 190 passenger coaches and 750 high-capacity wagons would be manufactured locally in Pakistan under a transfer of technology agreement with China.
During the Question Hour, Minister of State for Law Shahadat Awan stated that the aim was to reduce the deficit of the Pakistan Railways by enhancing its services.
He also mentioned that a land use plan had been devised to minimize the revenue and expenditure gap, explaining that the upgrading of the ML-1 infrastructure would significantly improve the Pakistan Railways.
He also shared that there was a plan to transition trains to electricity once the ML-1 project was completed.
In response to a Call Attention Notice submitted by Danesh Kumar, the Minister of State for Law confirmed that work was underway to dualize the 790-kilometer N-25 highway from Karachi to Quetta and Chaman.
He assured the Senate that this important highway would be completed to ensure safe and smooth traffic flow.
It is relevant to mention that Pakistan Railways was instructed by the top court to increase its effectiveness rather than propose cosmetic notions.
The chief justice noted that despite owning billions of dollars worth of assets, the performance of the department had not improved.