ISLAMABAD (APP) - The Pakistan Railways (PR) has estimated a deficit of around Rs 53 billion for the fiscal year 2011-12 against an expected earning of Rs 12 billion. Chairman of National Assembly Standing Committee on Railways Sardar Ayyaz Sadiq told media persons after presiding over a meeting at Parliament House here that the Railways had prepared a deficit budget for 2011-12. The deficit would be over Rs 53 billion, with earnings estimated at Rs 12 billion against an expenditure of Rs 65 billion. He said the Pakistan Railways (PR) had demanded a Rs 53 billion bailout package last year, but the federal cabinet only allowed Rs 13.6 billion, which was revised to Rs 4.8 billion. However, only Rs 2.8 billion had been provided by the government which was insufficient for efficient operations. Detailing the deficit and the expenditure, Sadiq said the PR needed more than Rs 15 billion under the head of salaries, around Rs 14 billion for pension payment, Rs 18 billion for fuel and Rs 19 billion for stores. He said the government had asked the Pakistan Railways to generate Rs 20 billion revenue through its own resources while it would give Rs. 25 billion to it. Sadiq said that the debt servicing of Pakistan Railways was Rs. 11.8 billion for the year 2008-09, Rs. 10.3 billion for 2009-10 and Rs. 17 billion for 2010-11. He said the total expenditure of Railways was Rs. 23 billion during 2008-09, Rs. 22 billion during the 2009-10. However, in 2010-11 Railways survived Rs. 33 billion losses, he added. The parliamentarian said that the government should have to take pragmatic measures to bring Pakistan Railways out of crises, adding that the out of order locomotives should immediately be repaired and a transparent mechanism should be adopted for purchase of new 150 locomotives. Meanwhile, passengers have protested against a low number of bogies at Lahore-Narowal section and demanded trains should have at least six bogies. Talking to APP here on Tuesday, Shabbir Ahmed, a daily commuter, said that trains were running with only three bogies at this section which was creating problems for passengers especially for women and children, adding that coaches should be increased as the Pakistan Railways administration had cancelled several trains. Rana Shahid Abbas, another passenger, said that delayed trains and short composition had made lives of passengers miserable, adding that in some areas there was no other means of transport available other than trains. He said that sitting capacity of one coach was just 88 passengers and only 200 passengers could sit in a train while over 2,000 travelled by each train. Passengers demanded at least six bogies should be attached so that passengers, including women and children, could travel to their destinations comfortably. When contacted, railway sources said that coaches (bogies) coming from workshops after repair being attached to trains.