Pakistan Railways: Trains still stuck despite increase in oil purchase credit

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  1. Blackwater

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    Published: January 10, 2012

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    Without expecting any train to arrive soon, people use Lahore’s Badami Bagh railway track as a meeting point . PHOTO: INP



    LAHORE:
    Despite an increase in the credit line for oil purchases, Pakistan Railways (PR) is still reluctant to restart its non-operational trains, which remain suspended due to dysfunctional locomotives and oil crisis.




    PR now receives enough fuel for its regular passenger as well as freight train operations, but its administration is not in a hurry to get trains back on track, said Adbul Hamid Razi, PR’s director of public relations.
    Razi said that PR would first make sure that trains currently running remain in operation. PR’s management is also working on ensuring that trains run according to schedule. Razi, however, added that PR is currently managing to run all of its 60 main line express trains. The total number of on track trains currently stands at 86 – the suspended trains are all branch line trains.


    Branch lines which were previously providing high financial returns will be the first to get back on track, Razi said.
    Last month Pakistan State Oil (PSO) agreed to increase the credit line for railways to Rs2 billion, on the assurance of the government. Previously the credit limit was Rs1 billion. However, PR has already crossed the limit. The current liability is around Rs120 billion. PSO had previously been reluctant to increase the credit limits due to the bad financial management of PR.
    “We will now try to not cross the new credit limit and will keep paying fuel bills regularly,” Razi said. Currently 15 cheques of Rs300 billion are being processed and they will soon be transferred to PSO, he added.
    PSO, on Monday, provided fuel for all divisions according to their requirements. Razi said that oil depots will now not dry up, as regular fuel consignments will come in.
    With the increasing strength of locomotives, PR is now focusing more on its freight operations, which is the only profitable section for railways. Currently PR operates six freight trains from Karachi to Lahore and Rawalpindi, as well as to India, on a daily basis. The freight operation was suspended for six months due to a dearth of locomotives and oil last year.

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  3. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Pakistan Railways for sometime has been facing crisis after crisis.

    I wonder what will be done by the Pak Govt to salvage the situation.

    The poor travel by train and they will get stranded!
     
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    These poor dumbasses[PR] got a chance to lease or buy some Indian Rails, may be they have no money, and they are waiting if someone would donate them.....
     
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    it seems everybody is shuting door on pak, and the only option left is the indian. they go for indian as the last option.
     
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    The demise of Paki railways has unsurprisingly led to much improved fortunes of the TSPA (Terrorist State of Pakistan Army) owned and promoted National Logistics Cell (NLC) and a host of transport companies operated by rich and powerful politicians such as the Bilours from K-P.

    With such vested interests, where's the incentive in keeping the railways alive and well?
     
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    Pakistan Army Generals were running the Railways. After failure after failure for what they are supposed to do, i.e. wage war against India and win, they have even failed with Railways. Now watch all other sectors that the Army is running to crumble - starting from truck businesses to grocery stores.
     
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    The best idea is .. they can ask there all time friend.. china to change there high speed train route via pak ... he he he :laugh:
     
  9. H.A.

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    No rail...no plane...what else....there is a possibility that people from Pak may start migrating to other countries if the situation does not improve.....Pak may end up the Afghan way....total anarchy, poverty and ruled by drug mafia / terrorist.
     
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  10. Daredevil

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    Don't you know, the cheap chinese wagons supplied by China are all but broken. So much for their "taller than himalayas and deeper than oceans" friendship :rofl: :rofl:
     
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    No need to worry. Chinese can teach them fly like in those martial arts movies.

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