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    Plan to import locomotives dropped

    ISLAMABAD: The much-trumpeted project to purchase 150 locomotives from foreign companies this fiscal year has been abandoned, as Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has decided to manufacture new engines locally and repair the old ones to save the department from getting more loans.


    Sources said on Friday that to save the department from getting more loans, Saad Rafique had decided not to procure foreign-made locomotives or other goods. The department already has to clear Rs70 billion liabilities against loans to different firms and donor agencies.


    On the other hand, the department’s performance has deteriorated due to the worst financial crunch, making it unable to launch any big scheme in the last one decade to rehabilitate it.In view of this bad situation, the minister believes purchase of foreign-made locomotives will cost millions of dollars thus burdening the department with more loans.


    To save the department’s position, Saad Rafique has directed cancellation of all agreements with foreign firms, including China and the US, for procurement of locomotives and other rail goods. Instead, he has ordered the authorities concerned to prepare over 58 locomotives at the local level to save money. An amount of Rs500 million has been sanctioned out of which Rs250 million has been released and work has been started on the project. The 58 locomotives will be manufactured at the carriage factories of different railway stations.


    Mohammad Ali, Personal Secretary to Khawaja Saad Rafiq, confirmed that the old plan to procure 150 new locomotives from American firms had been dropped and work had been undertaken on the manufacture of 58 locomotives at the local level.


    After completion of the project, the locally-made locomotives would be coupled with passenger trains plying different routes. Mohammad Ali was unable to reply how many freight trains would be made operational which was the major source of generating revenue. He said the decision would be taken after the manufacture of locomotives.


    Plan to import locomotives dropped - thenews.com.pk
     
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    Repairing locomotives: Finance Ministry to release Rs 500m to PR

    ISLAMABAD: Accepting the request from Ministry of Railways, the Ministry of Finance here on Tuesday agreed to release Rs 500 million for repair of locomotives and these would be utilised for freight trains.
    Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique met the Finance Minister Ishaq Dar at the latter’s office here this afternoon and discussed with him issues relating to railways.
    During his meeting the issue of availability of locomotives and their present condition was discussed at length. The finance minister accepted a request by the Ministry of Railways for release of Rs 250 million for repair of locomotives. This would enable the Ministry of Railways to repair 50 locomotives so that they can be put to use on fast-track basis.
    The finance minister also approved the release of another Rs 250 million for repair of fraction motors of locomotive engines.
    During the meeting it was decided that the locomotive would be utilised to start new freight trains so that the economic health of the railways can be improved.
    The meeting reviewed the overall financial solution of the railways and the operational difficulties being faced by it in overcoming the challenges.
    Dar said that turning around railways and make it passenger-friendly was one of the commitments of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in its manifesto. The Ministry of Finance, he said would do all that it takes to achieve this objective. The meeting was also attended by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, senior officials of the ministries of planning and development, finance and railways. staff report

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    A very good news



     
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    How does he plan to manufacture new engines locally? Does he have a plan or mere lip service?

    Many do believe that the technical knowledge to overhaul and repair engines is lacking in Risalpur workshop. How does one address that?

    What about the used engine purchase deal from South Korea? Is it on or cancelled?
     
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    farhan_9909 Tihar Jail Banned

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    if i am not wrong during musharaf govt pakistan indeed got a under license production of a locomotive from a firm in usa.

    anyway apart from under license production.the risalpur locomotive factory when privitized should opt for a indigenous or a jv with any chinese firm for a newly developed locomotive.

    it will help the industry in long run
     
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    farhan_9909 Tihar Jail Banned

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    most probably manufactured under license

    risalpur locomotive factory was created with the vision of local manufacturing

    even though the last govt has screwed everything.

    as usuall i have always said this govt is bad at everything mostly foriegn policy but is best at economy and infra

    15th locomotive rolls out of Risalpur plant - DAWN.COM
     
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    Now that you have the ability to produce engines, where did you go wrong?

    The answer would probably be money, isn't it?
    The first batch of Chinese locomotive was through a loan from Chinese bank ( EXIM bank probably)
    And the second was also following the route.
    But, now it stands cancelled.

    These two statements are important as it hints about why this is happening.

    I don't want to sound pessimistic but, the last govt. inked many deals and got kick backs.
    This govt. cancelled them and going for new deals in hopes for kickbacks from deals.
    Pursuing old deals is uneconomical for them personally.


    When Risalpur workshop is cutting and selling trees growing in their campus as timber,says a lot about their economic situation.

    And I would also not like to discuss about the working culture of the employees of Risalpur workshop.

    So, in all if you get a single bidder who is interested to invest 1bn PKR in Risalpur, consider yourself lucky.
     
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    farhan_9909 Tihar Jail Banned

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    there is no doubt we are short of funds..but under those available funds and the official PR budget.if the corruption is made less.we can see some positive results

    because of corruption PR was effed.
    within 2 years you will see a slightly better PR
     
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    pakis have no aukat to make or assemble locomotives
     
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    News is very old, 2006 news...
    i don't think u are providing recent or correct information.
    By posting such old thing your railways is not going to improve. right now best solution for pakistan railway is to Privatize itself and hope it gets good buyers.
     
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    Pakistan Railways to rehabilitate 100 engines

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways (PR) has started work for the rehabilitation of around 100 engines, said an official of PR.

    Talking to APP he said the rehabilitation of the locomotives would help adding 30 more locomotives in the fleet of PR within a next few months.

    He said that around 200 new locomotive would be part of PR system during next two years.

    The addition of more engines in PR fleet would help in restoring the suspended train service by the pervious government.

    To a question, he said, the government had also released funds for the purchase of spare parts of the engines.

    He said freight trains would also be restored with the addition of new engine. He said freight trains are the main source of income for PR.

    He expressed the hope that with the restoration of freight trains - PR would be able to earn around Rs. 15 billion revenue annually.

    To a question he said with the addition of 100 overhauled engines, PR would be able to earn around Rs. 22 billion

    The PR would also get around Rs. 10 billion through auction of stalls and 'Quli' services at various railways stations.

    Central Diesel Locomotive Workshop (CDLW) has completely overhauled 80 locomotives and partially repaired 37 engines from October 2011 to December 2012, he recalled.

    He said the repaired locomotives have been handed over to different railway divisions, including Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Lahore, Multan, Sukkur, Quetta and Karachi.

    He said that the workshop overhauled 10 locomotives every month, adding that the organization was functioning to its full capacity round the clock.

    Pakistan Railways to rehabilitate 100 engines
     
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