ISLAMBAD: Pakistan Railways is planning to run around 6 freight trains per day by the end of current year.
An official of PR while talking to APP, said that initiative will help PR to generate Rs 20 to 25 million revenue per day.
“Pakistan Railways has accorded priority to freight train to generate more revenue. A month back at an average 1 freight train per day was leaving Karachi for up country, whereas at present at an average 3 freight trains are leaving Karachi.”
In passenger sector the fare structure has been readjusted to facilitate and attract more passengers to avail the facility of train services and by this rationalization its expected that the average per month revenue of PR in passenger sector will increase by 7% to 10%.
Special teams have been formed to conduct surprise raids to control the menace of ticket-less travelling.
To a question, he said, the defective luggage vans have been made fit on priority basis to attach with non lead trains to generate revenue from the parcel traffic.
Three trains have been identified and the revenue to be generated from these trains by attaching luggage vans is expected Rs. 3.5 million per day.
He also informed that PR is in the process to procure 150 new DE locomotives. He said efforts are under way to rehabilitate the same number of locomotives.
The engines will be utilized for both sectors freight as well as passenger.