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PR to launch online ticketing system, NA told

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Published: August 9, 2016 05:53 pm

Corrupt officials replaced in Pakistan Railways, says minister

ISLAMABAD, August 9, 2016: The Pakistan Railways is launching online ticketing system by October this year; the National Assembly was informed on Monday.

The passengers commuting between Lahore & Rawalpindi and Islamabad & Karachi will be first to benefit from this facility, the minister stated in response to a question asked by Jamat-e-Islami lawmaker Aisha Syed. In its reply, the minister told that the Ministry of Railways was currently working to design a new computerized Passenger Reservation System, incorporating all modern features including e-ticketing. A pilot project for introduction of e-ticketing on rail cars running between Lahore-Rawalpindi and Green Line express running between Islamabad and Karachi will be implemented before October, 2016 which will subsequently be expanded to the entire system.

The ministry also claimed to have overcome the imbalance between its human resource cost and revenue generation. Responding to a question of Belum Husnain, the ministry told the House that it earned Rs. 36.582 billion during current financial year while paid 24.646 billion in salaries to its 76,777 employees. The Railways had earned 31.925 billion in financial year 2014-15 and 22.800 billion in 2013-14.

The Assembly was further informed that Pakistan Railways has a fleet of 440 Locomotives of which only 275 were in working conditions while 30 more locomotives would retire by 2018. The current need of the Railways is 500 reliable and fit locomotives. However, the ministry would add 87 new locomotives by end of 2017 in Railways fleet. This information was provided in response to question put by Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Kharal.

Pakistan Railways is also developing first railway green corridor from Shahdara to Raiwind in joint venture with Punjab Horticulture Authority. It also planned to develop green belts along the railway track including stations. Answering a query of Muzammil Qureshi, the ministry said, the plantation of trees was a regular feature in Pakistan Railways and in every Monsoon season trees were planted in hundreds at Railway Stations and other open areas. During 2014-15, approximately 49500 saplings were planted over the entire Railway network.

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