Sheikh Rasheed vows to curtail expenses in railways by 15%

04:59 PM | 25 Aug, 2018
Sheikh Rasheed vows to curtail expenses in railways by 15%
ISLAMABAD - Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed has said that the expenses of the ministry would be reduced by 15%.

Talking to newsmen on Saturday, Rasheed said the daily fare report will be sent to him via mobile phone and the freight trade would also be put online.

'We will be auctioning off trains and wagons that have been standing stationary for the last 60 years, whereas 30 train stations will be upgraded,' said the recently appointed minister.

Furthermore, he said two new trains will operate from September 15, promising to increase the freight by 20%.

To a query about accountability in the ministry, the Awami Muslim League (AML) chief said three freight officers have been suspended from their jobs.

Earlier, Rasheed had announced his plan to upgrade 32 railways stations across the country during his tenure.

The AML chief also laid down an ambitious plan to reform the railways department with salient features including building 5,000 quarters for department employees, generating 20,000 jobs, upgrading railways hospitals and doubling the track on selected routes with investment from China.