ISLAMABAD -

The Ministry of Railways has demanded Rs 67 billion from the Finance Ministry to meet with non-development expenditures during 2013-14 fiscal year.

“We have finalized the non-development budget of official expenditures, salaries, pensions and other heads and sent the same to the Finance Division for approval,” said a Railways official talikng to APP. He said that the Federal Government had been requested to allocate Rs 47 billion while Rs 20 billion would be generated by the department form its own resources.

The government had allocated Rs 31 billion last year on account of grants for Pakistan Railways to meet its losses and Rs 22.87 billion for 37 development projects. The officials said that around Rs 2 billion had been allocated for procurement of 50 D.E locomotives, Rs 5.7 billion for procurement of 202 new Design Passenger Carriage (China), Rs 2.5 billion for replacement of old and obsolete signal gear from Lodhran-Khanewal-Shahdara Bagh Main Line section and other projects.