LAHORE: Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Monday that 10 years planning was required for the revival of Pakistan Railways.
He expressed these views during a meeting with representatives of prominent universities at Railways Headquarters. He said that it was first time that recommendations had been sought from the academia for the improvement of the department.
He said that during last five months, officers have been appointed on merit ending political interference in the department. He said that once the railway department would start moving toward progress other national institutions would follow it.
Saad Rafique said that steps were being taken to facilitate the pensioners.
He urged the UET professors to introduce technical courses of railway engineering.
An hefty amount of about Rs 300 billion was required to improve railway tracks from Karachi to Peshawar, which would enable trains to run at a speed of 120 km per hour, he added.
He said that with the revival of Karachi Circular Railway project and by restoring speed of 120 km per hour on track from Karachi to Peshawar would ultimately give good financial benefit to the department.
The minister said that 23 new locomotives were coming from China.
Pakistan Railways General Manager Anjum Pervaiz also gave a presentation on the occasion.