The Pakistan Railways (PR) has the capacity to repair around eight engines every month, subject to availability of spare parts and funds, according to an official of PR. He said that the government has approved a project to procure 75 locomotives of 2000-2500 horse-power (HP) and same figure of 3,000-3,500HP simultaneously.
He said that no new locomotives had been purchased since the procurement of 69 locomotives inducted in PR during 2003-2008.
The official confirmed that a contract agreement for procurement of 58 diesel-electric locomotives amounting $1.2 billion had been signed with SCR Ziyand, China on December 7, 2012 and the supply of locomotives is scheduled to commence from November 2013. Presently 18 freight trains are operating daily to clear other consignments.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 11th, 2013.