By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
Pakistan News & Features
The punctuality of train operation from
has achieved considerable improvement during the last 2-3 months with almost
all the trains except one or two running on time. Karachi
“The couple of trains which are facing late departures for about half an hour to two hours is because of certain unavoidable reasons,” Anzer Ismail Rizvi, Divisional Superintendent, Pakistan Railways Karachi Division, disclosed in an interview on January 6.
He revealed that the punctuality improvement has been achieved due to strict monitoring of train operation and motivation which resulted in improved maintenance of locomotives, coaches, signaling system as well track in the Division.
He stated that notwithstanding the ongoing financial crunch, the Railways Divisional authorities did this within their own resources. He pointed out that 57.5 Km of speed restrictions have now been normalized without spending any money thus resulting in running of trains with normal speed.
The Divisional Superintendent maintained that although the Railway Division has allotted 102 locomotives, it was operating 42 locomotives. However, their maintenance has been improved bringing normalcy in the train operation.
It also resulted in operating on an average two freight trains daily from
. He informed that
the Railway Division earned 346 million rupees in excess during the last six
months of the current financial year as compared to the same period of last
financial year. Karachi
Anzer Ismail spoke about what he called a significant achievement and said that after a gap of 20 months with effect from January 12013, the Sukkur Express was now running with full composition after attachment of one Air-condition Sleeper and two Lower AC coaches which were withdrawn from service in May 2011 due to non-availability of power plant. He said these plants have now been made available after a lot of efforts and follow-up.
He said AC Sleeper Coach has a seating capacity of 16 while Lower AC coaches have a capacity of 76 each and will greatly facilitate the passengers intending to travel to Sukkur and Jacobabad.
As regards the future plans, DS Karachi Railways informed that efforts are being made to re-introduce Mehran Express which was a popular mode of journey from
to Mirpurkhas and
was closed due to non-availability of locomotives. Karachi
Anzar Rizvi informed that railway track from
to Kotri has been rehabilitated while that of Down track was in progress which
has brought improvement in speed and running time. Karachi
According to him the track rehabilitation from
to Mirpurkhas was also in progress and will be completed in about six months
which will reduce running time between the two destinations bringing it down
from 90 to 60 minutes. Hyderabad