Sheikh Rasheed asks private sector to invest in railway infrastructure

One-window facility to facilitate cargo shipments also planned

Asif Mehmood September 15, 2018
Federal Railways minister invites private sector to invest in renovation and betterment of railway stations. PHOTO:FILE

LAHORE: Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed on Saturday invited the private sector to invest in railway infrastructure for its renovation and betterment.

Rasheed singled out train stations across the country as a good investment option while chairing a meeting a meeting of Pakistan Railway officials.

The minister also urged officials to ensure availability of clean drinking water at railway stations and passed other directives aimed at improving services and efficiency.

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Emphasis was also laid on facilitating consumers through a 'one window' facility for cargo operations so the "people sending cargo through railways don't have to visit the stations repeatedly," the railway minister added.

Earlier, Rasheed also announced that the department would provide Rs100 million annually as funds for the construction of  Diamer Bhasha and Mohmand dams.

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The federal minister had said that two committees have been formed to maximise performance. He added railway projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would be re-evaluated by an evaluation committee of the department.


Amir | 5 years ago | Reply In addition to passengers, railway needs to get in the freight transport business, which should be cheaper than 18 wheelers, and time bound. There needs to be a policy where road load needs to be reduced, and hubs created to transport to different cities. Sadly vested interest in private sector as well as logistic cell will put hurdles
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