Saad wants railways to devise a strategy for flood-fighting in the future

LAHORE: Federal Railways and Aviation Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has directed the Railways administration to devise a comprehensive strategic plan to tackle flood waves in the future.

Presiding over a meeting at the PR headquarters here on Saturday, he appreciated the Railways for organizing relief arrangements and provision of food and medical facilities to the affected in flood-hit areas of Balochistan.

He said that the PR was still facing the after effects of the damage to the track due to heavy rains in the areas of Mitting and Bolari of Karachi division. He also directed the administration to make old coaches usable at the Railways Mughulpura Workshops on an immediate basis.

“It should be ensured that the cost of the coaches could be recovered within the given time of the coaches,” he added.

The minister asked the staff to make a plan of upgrading the workshops by replacing old machinery with the modern one on an urgent basis. He directed the upgrading of warehouses at the workshop so that better monitoring and protection of the goods could be made.

The Railways should make plans to establish stalls in every division to generate more revenue for the department, he said.

The minister stresses on solarization of different sections of the department and asked to start it from railway factories in phase one. He ordered the complete installation of furnace arch machinery in the Mughulpura workshops within the current year.

Earlier, the minister was given a briefing on the provision of food hampers and medical facilities by the PR department to Balochistan’s citizens of the flood-hit areas.

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