KARACHI, Aug 02 (APP): Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Friday said that new washing-lines in Karachi and Lahore would be constructed within next 90 days and under ML-1 project new signals and new tracks would be constructed.
Speaking at a press conference at his camp office here, he said that as compared to the previous year lesser train accidents occurred this year. Old tracks and signals were among the main causes of the accidents. He said that ML-1 was the only solution to all issues.
The Minister said that currently 138 trains were running on the track on daily basis.
He said that he had witnessed a large number of people sitting on the railway tracks having chitchats, playing cards and not afraid of death at Drigh Road. Graves, mazaars and mosques had been built on the sides of railway track in Sukkur. This was one of the worst aspects of society which needed nations’ attention.
Sheikh Rasheed said that the train passes through 70 percent of population and trains carried 70 million passengers. A number of passengers and freight trains had increased during the tenure of the incumbent government.
Talking about Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project, the minister informed that 38km of the track was vacated. He appealed to the Sindh Government to ensure vacation of remaining 5km.
Sheikh Rasheed said that Sindh Express a new train which was launched during the tenure of present government and run between Karachi and Sukkur would now run till Multan from August 10.
He said that railways would soon enter into an agreement on South Asia Pakistan Terminal Limited (SAPTL) with Karachi Port Trust (KPT). He said he had a detailed meeting about the agreement with the KPT Chairman.
Source: VNS Karachi