ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Railways will procure locomotives of 4000 plus horse power after a thorough evaluation of the technology and manufacturers. These locomotives will play a vital role in strengthening the freight operation, said a PR official while talking to APP. The procurement of Hopper Trucks had also been started, he added. The official said manual signalling system of Lodhara to Kotri Section was being switched over to auto signalling system. He said the IT Department was being revamped and soon a smart IT system would start working. Contract for installation of E-ticketing system has been awarded which will be completed in ten months, he said.

He said that an insurance policy agreement of train staff and passengers would also be signed in the near future.

To a question he said the financial position of Pakistan Railways had improved after passenger and freight sectors attracted commuters and traders respectively after several measures taken by the administration.

To another question, he said a project for the rehabilitation of 27 locomotives was also in progress locally. It was expected that two locomotives a month would be rehabilitated and inducted into freight operations.

He said around 100,000 passengers had taken benefit from 14 special trains run by the Pakistan Railways on Eidul Azha.

To a question, he said the PR administration had retrieved 3,000 acres of land from encroachers in two phases.

The administration succeeded to retrieve 1,865 acres of land in Lahore, 731 acres in Multan, 232 acres in Karachi, 121 acres in Peshawar, 110 acres in Sukkur, 60 acres in Rawalpindi, 25 acres in Quetta and 2 acres in Moghalpura, he added.