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RAWALPINDI - Pakistan Railways would install CCTV cameras, walkthrough gates and scanner at major railway terminals including Rawalpindi to improve safety standards.Talking to APP, Railways Minister Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour said, “The government was making all-out efforts to improve law and order and the CCTV cameras will help railway security personnel in monitoring the movements of suspicious people, especially terrorists.”The cameras would be connected to a computer room at the railway station that would also help the authorities take action against violators of the ban on smoking.About the future plan of Pakistan Railways, the minister said around 275 new locomotives would be added in fleet shortly in order to improve its efficiency. “Procurement of 225 new locomotives is in progress, while a new project for purchase of 50 additional engines will be launched in July this year,” he said.Bilour said around 45 new passenger coaches and five power plants electric... Read more...
generator plants had been put in operation and 152 new coaches were in the pipeline, which would help improve the Railways efficiency.He said that container service for Prem Nagar Dry Port was running successfully, while the service had recently been started at Faisalabad Dry Port.Around 27 used locomotives were being overhauled which would render further 15 years of quality performance.“Special repairs of 150 locomotives presently in operation will be carried out from July 2012 to improve reliability and performance.”The project for doubling of track between Lodhran and Lahore will be completed by December 2012 and would reduce travel time substantially, the minister added.He said around eight temporarily suspended train services had already been restored and two passenger trains (Shalimar and Business Express Train) were running between Lahore and Karachi in collaboration with joint venture partners.All reliable locomotives are being sued only for passenger operations in order to improve punctuality and performance.The freight operations service has been restarted with more dedication and it will be stepped up with induction of additional locomotives after repairs, he said, adding, “Emergency plan to repair defective locomotive is in place and work is being executed on war footing.”The government has allocated an amount of Rs 23 billion in budget 2012-13 for rehabilitation and upgrading infrastructure and acquisition of rolling stock in order to improve service delivery for the convenience of the traveling public.He said that execution of two projects would start from July 2012 for doubling of track between Lahore Faisalabad and Lahore Lalamusa.The railways minister said the bidding is in progress through Infrastructure Project Development Facility (IPDF) to allow the private sector to operate freight trains under the Track Access Regime. He said installation of new signaling system is in progress to speed up trains and improve safety standards.Replying to a question, he said that International Cargo Service is in operation up to Istanbul via Iran through ECO train.Punctuality of the intercity passenger service between Rawalpindi-Lahore and Lahore-Faisalabad trains is monitored regularly to ensure passenger convenience, he said.“Around 2,150 acres of railways land worth more than Rs 2 billion under illegal encroachment has been got vacated from illegal occupants,” he maintained.