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Old July 20th, 2013, 08:08 AM   #81
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Old July 20th, 2013, 08:29 AM   #82
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BEIJING: Chinese officials have been asked to carry out research to identify a location for railway connectivity between Pakistan and China, a press report said, adding that people were enthusiastic on plans to build a train link to connect Kashgar in Xinjiang with Gwadar.

“We’ve already been asked to carry out research into the location of a station in Kashgar for the China-Pakistan railway, but a detailed plan and timetable have yet to be drafted,” Wang Yongzhi, the deputy commissioner of Kashgar prefecture, was quoted as saying by an English-language newspaper.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced in June that Pakistan would like to build new road and rail links to Kashgar and establish a Sino-Pakistan economic corridor.

If an overland link were to be established, Gwadar Port would become the starting point for deliveries of oil and natural gas to Xinjiang, China Daily reported.

Mr Wang said that China’s long experience of carrying out construction work on plateaus could prove invaluable if the decision is made to build a railway across the Pamir Plateau.

Yuan Jianmin, director of Xinjiang Logistic Association, said most freight from Pakistan was transported to China via sea route, a journey of more than a month, whereas a railway link would allow goods to be transported from Pakistan to cities around China in 10 days.—APP

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Old July 20th, 2013, 08:31 AM   #83
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Plan to import locomotives dropped
July 13, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The much-trumpeted project to purchase 150 locomotives from foreign companies this fiscal year has been abandoned, as Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has decided to manufacture new engines locally and repair the old ones to save the department from getting more loans.

Sources said on Friday that to save the department from getting more loans, Saad Rafique had decided not to procure foreign-made locomotives or other goods. The department already has to clear Rs70 billion liabilities against loans to different firms and donor agencies.

On the other hand, the department’s performance has deteriorated due to the worst financial crunch, making it unable to launch any big scheme in the last one decade to rehabilitate it.In view of this bad situation, the minister believes purchase of foreign-made locomotives will cost millions of dollars thus burdening the department with more loans.

To save the department’s position, Saad Rafique has directed cancellation of all agreements with foreign firms, including China and the US, for procurement of locomotives and other rail goods. Instead, he has ordered the authorities concerned to prepare over 58 locomotives at the local level to save money. An amount of Rs500 million has been sanctioned out of which Rs250 million has been released and work has been started on the project. The 58 locomotives will be manufactured at the carriage factories of different railway stations.

Mohammad Ali, Personal Secretary to Khawaja Saad Rafiq, confirmed that the old plan to procure 150 new locomotives from American firms had been dropped and work had been undertaken on the manufacture of 58 locomotives at the local level.

After completion of the project, the locally-made locomotives would be coupled with passenger trains plying different routes. Mohammad Ali was unable to reply how many freight trains would be made operational which was the major source of generating revenue. He said the decision would be taken after the manufacture of locomotives.
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" Government approves Rs 25.7 b bailout for Railways "

8 September 2013: In a first step towards restructuring Pakistan Railways, the government approved a bailout package worth Rs 25.7 billion for the crisis-hit entity. The funds will be used to repair the engines currently out of order in addition to buying 50 new diesel-electric locomotives.

Approval to the two projects given by the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) marks the beginning of restructuring the cash-strapped state-owned company that has been incurring losses for years due to aging and shortage of equipment, over staffing and debt accumulation.

However, approval of these projects without a comprehensive restructuring plan puts a question mark over the prudent use of the taxpayers’ money.

The approval by the CDWP is a departure from the government’s previous stance on Railways. The Economic Coordination Committee had earlier refused to pick up debt liabilities worth $112 million of the national carrier. The Railways had obtained this loan for procurement of locomotives.

Headed by Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal, the CDWP meeting on Friday approved a project for procuring 50 diesel-electric locomotives, half of which will be engines with 3,000 horsepower and the other half of 2,000 horsepower.

The Railways wants to procure the locomotives to handle freight traffic including transportation of furnace oil across the country – a neglected area in the past, which also became one of the reasons behind the accumulation of losses by the company. Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique promised to turn the entity around by focusing more on the freight business.

The CDWP also cleared a Rs 6.3 billion project for rehabilitation of as many as 30 diesel locomotives. By spending over Rs6 billion, the management of Pakistan Railways wants to extend the life of these locomotives by another 15 years, according to the planning ministry.

The previous government had opposed to give financial lifeline to Pakistan Railways, and instead first sought a comprehensive restructuring plan. One of the reasons for refusing the bailout package was that the then finance minister desired to procure new locomotives from General Electric of the United States, while the Railways wanted to strike a deal with a Chinese firm, according to sources in the finance ministry.

The other major reason for failing to revive the entity was tailor-made tenders for procurement of locomotives issued by Pakistan Railways. Every time they issued a tender, it became controversial.

For a $6.7 billion programme, Pakistan has assured the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that by March 2014 it will develop a comprehensive restructuring plan for Pakistan Railways and the company will be converted from a government-controlled department to a state-owned liability company.

However, experts have again questioned the government’s move of keeping the Railways a state-owned entity, which according to them, will not solve the problems. They said the government did not seem serious in resolving the problems of the entity and wanted to retain the workforce, hired under political compulsions in the past by successive governments.

In the previous regime, the Planning Commission had also proposed a plan to convert Railways into three separate companies, each one having its own business model. These companies had been proposed for separately running Railways’ commercial operations, to manage its properties and to deal with the affairs of national carrier’s workshops.
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Old December 15th, 2013, 11:21 PM   #85
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Railways revenue generation show 36pc increase in five months

ISLAMABAD: The initiatives of incumbent authorities in Pakistan Railways have started bearing fruits as Rs. 9.182 billion of revenue was generated in almost five months of current fiscal year.
This shows almost 36 % increase in revenue as compared to corresponding period of previous fiscal year when Rs. 6.76 billion of revenue was generated.
A revenue data by the Department on Sunday revealed that the new authorities after taking charge in June this year took numerous measures to improve performance and as a result revenue generation showed an increasing trend every month.
The data showed that an increase of Rs. 403.418 million in revenue has been witnessed during June as compared to same month last year, in July Rs. 124.571 million, in August Rs. 375.913 million, in September Rs. 647.889 million, in October Rs. 581.655 million and in November this year, the increase in revenue generation was Rs. 288.027 million.
The data said profit & loss statement is prepared at the end of financial year on June 30 after closing of accounts, however, Railways administration has generated revenue of Rs. 2.421 billion during the period over and above the revenue generation during the corresponding period of last financial year.
It is quite possible to reduce and ultimately eliminate the losses incurred by Pakistan Railways as the curtailment of losses requires two pronged strategy i.e. revenue generation and curtailment of expenditure.
The data said revenue generation is dependent upon the efficient utilization of existing resources both human and capital and at the moment, Ministry of Railways is striving hard to improve its resources base by repairing the defective locomotives and procuring new locomotives in accordance with its system requirements.
The rolling stock both in passenger and freight sector is also given due priority to increase its reliability and efficacy.
The resources are being allocated to high priced commodities so that maximum revenue could be secured for the national exchequer.
Meanwhile when contacted, railways sources said it is due to the steps that the department has witnessed a considerable increase in the revenue generation in the first quarter of this financial year.
They said in order to rationalize expenditure, strict financial controls are exercised and austerity measures are being taken and added the passenger sector is capped at 96 trains in order to control the operational expenditure as only those services are operated which are well patronized.
The resources are allocated to freight sector where revenue outweighs the expenditure, the sources said and added freight sector revenue increased in spite of the ongoing locomotive crisis due to better utilization of existing fleet of locomotives.
Moreover, the sources said apart from these two core sectors, the department has taken a lot of initiatives to enhance revenue through non-core activities. The efforts in this regard will bear fruit in near future which will positively affect the overall performance of the organization.
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Old December 15th, 2013, 11:23 PM   #87
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Old December 29th, 2013, 07:28 AM   #88
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Number of railways passengers reaches 6.12mn in three months
ISLAMABAD: The measures adopted by incumbent Pakistan Railways authorities are giving positive results as the number of passengers reached 6.12 million mark during last three months as compared to same period last year.
During the months of August, September and October this year, more than 61,21,786 passengers travelled through Pakistan Railways while during the same period previous year, 46,37,618 passengers travelled.

The difference of 14,84,168 passengers between both the periods showed that the steps taken by Pakistan Railways as per directions of Minister for Railways, Saad Rafique, are bearing fruits and passengers have started travelling through this mode of communication.

The data issued by Pakistan Railways on Thursday revealed that the number of passengers in August this year was 19,49,875 as compared to 16,21,999 passengers in same month last year.

Similarly, in September this year, 17,99,702 passengers travelled through Pakistan Railways as compared to 13,04,409 passengers during the period last year while the number of passengers reached 23,72,209 in October this year as compared to 17,11,210 passengers during the month previous year.

There are four (04) major indicators to determine the performance of Pakistan Railways.

As per details, there are four major indicators to help determine performance of Pakistan Railways which include punctuality of trains, revenue generation position, number of passengers and public facilitation.

The analysis of these four factors during the last three months as compared with same period of previous year indicates that there is substantial improvement in the performance of the department.

In punctuality area, during August this year it was observed 42% as compared to 32% during same month last year, in September the punctuality was observed 54% as compared to 34% in same month previous year and in October this year, the authorities observed 55% punctuality as compared to 40% in October last year.

With regard to revenue generation, the department earned Rs.5.319 billion during above mentioned last three months as compared to Rs.3.954 billion during same period last year.

In August this year, the revenue generation position was Rs. 1.823 billion while it was Rs.1.406 billion during same month previous year, during September this year Rs.1.633 billion were generated as compared to Rs. 1.147 billion last year and during October this year the department generated Rs. 1.862 billion as compared to Rs. 1.41 billion during the same month last year.

The difference of revenues generated by the department during the period in both the years was Rs. 1.365 billion.

In public facilitation area during the period, the department made all efforts to provide more facilities to the travelling public at the Railway stations as well as in the running trains.

The waiting areas were improved at major stations while standard of food was also improved through joint checking of Provincial Food Department and deputing of cleanliness staff with the running trains.

Besides this, rationalization of work force is in process and policy of right person for right job has been introduced.

Moreover, the embezzlement cases have been pursued vigorously and NAB has been requested to accord priority to the cases. This would help enhance the good governance in the organization.
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Railways to speed up trains from Karachi to Peshawar
LAHORE - The Pakistan Railways is upgrading existing railway track from Karachi to Peshawar with the cost of Rs three hundred billion.

According to railway officials, through this project, trains will be able to travel with the speed of 120 km per hour whereas existing speed of the trains are 92 km per hour.

The official said options are under consideration to connect Gawadar to Khanjarab with new segments and upgrading its existing track.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has already ordered the ministry for feasibility studies for the best option for new link.
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Old April 9th, 2014, 09:10 PM   #93
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CSR locos arrive in Pakistan
09 Apr 2014



PAKISTAN: CSR Ziyang has delivered an initial batch of five 2 000 hp diesel locomotives to Pakistan Railways. Unloading at the port of Karachi began on April 7, with the new locos due to undergo two weeks of testing before being accepted by PR.

CSR is supplying a total of 58 locomotives, 29 rated at 2 000 hp and a further 29 rated at 3 000 hp for freight duties. A second batch of nine 2 000 hp units was expected to arrive in Pakistan within two weeks, with a third batch of nine 3 000 hp locos on its way to Shanghai for shipping.

Powered by Caterpillar Type C175-16 and Type 3516B engines, the new locomotives are to be maintained by CSR in purpose-built facilities. The Chinese manufacturer is also providing technical assistance over a period of two years.

PR is hoping that modern traction will help to revive the fortunes of freight business in particular, which once used to generate annual revenue of Rs6bn but was forced to suspend operations in May 2011 due to an acute locomotive shortage
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Railways plan to lay new track between Karachi, Gwadar
ISLAMABAD, Mar 16 (APP): The Ministry of Railways (PR) is planning to lay track to link Karachi with Gwadar seaport to facilitate traders and generate revenue and reduce deficit of the organization.

The new track would fulfil the needs of transportation of goods to Gwadar in future, an official source in the Ministry of Railways told APP here.

Moreover, the Railways was in contact with China for preparing studies for construction of Khuzdar, Baseemah, Jacobabad and Dera Ghazi Khan main line ( ML-2), he added.

The official source said that China would finalise the studies till the end of December 2015 and will bear all expenditures of the study of laying the new railway line.


Pakistan Railways was focusing on speeding up revenue generating activities of the department under the direction of Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique.

He said that Pakistan Railways is also working on restoration of ECO train for Turkey via Taftan and Zahidan.
The train will help traders to transport their goods through train to Turkey, Iran, India and Pakistan.

The department is also planning to construct a dry port for container-holding at Havelian near Abbotabad for facilitating trade with China.
After construction of the port, about two million tons of goods could be transported between Khunjrab and Havelian.
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Pakistan Railways invites proposals for standard gauge line study
29 Apr 2014

PAKISTAN: Proposals for a bankable feasibility study into building an electrified railway running 107 km from Islamabad to Murree and Muzaffarabad have been invited by Pakistan Railways. A pre-bid conference is to be held on May 7 and proposals are due to be submitted by May 31. PR envisages that the study would take six months.

The proposed line would start at Margalla station in Islamabad and run 60 km to Murree and a further 47 km to Muzaffarabad. The RFP specifies that the line would be 1 435 mm gauge (in contrast to the rest of the PR network which is 1 676 mm gauge) and would be suitable for 100 km/h operation with full fencing and no level crossings. Stations would be located within 2 km of settlements on the route.

PR says that in summer there is a high volume of road traffic between Islamabad and Murree, while in winter people visit the Murree Hills for the snow. Muzaffarabad is also a popular tourist destination with frequent road congestion
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i just cant understand why this line has to be a standard gauge? please keep in mind two points as i proceed with my post

1) we are on broad gauge or indian gauge 5'-6"
2) future alternate route (both for defence and trade ) to silk route will be via muzzafarabad to babusar top to Raikot and then onwards

now if we consider this track upto muzzafarabad on standard gauge this will mean an entirely new setup totally independent of what we are running on nation wide, even if there is a coach derailment not even a releif train and crane can rush to Rawalpindi to fix things up because there is a gauage mismatch, will govt be hiking the cost of project to cover all such aspects which can easily be eliminated just by laying a indian gauage track!!!!!!!!!

now to the muzzafarabad and china, railway is being planning to establish and upgrade the Havelian dry port, pretty simple if time comes what route they will pick till other end of diameer bhasha dam? from muzzafarabad or from havelian? if muzzafarabad is opted islamabad dryport will be upgraded to the level where they will pick containers from wide guage to standard gauage trollies adding a full day to the cargo commute.
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