By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)
The Chief Executive Officer and Senior General Manager of Pakistan Railways, Nisar Ahmed Memon, and the Divisional Superintendent, Karachi, Muhammad Hanif Gul, held an important meeting with freight transporters to resolve pending issues.
Business Advisor Planning, Farooq Haider Sheikh, Deputy DS Operations, and a few other Divisional Officers were also present in the meeting in which there was a detailed discussion of private goods trains 501/502/503/504 having been named as Cargo Express. These freight trains carry parcels/loose consignments from Karachi to different cities of Pakistan.
CEO Railways, Nisar Ahmed Memon, and Business Advisor Planning, Farooq Haider Sheikh, issued orders to the concerned offices to ensure timely departure of freight trains. For Faisalabad current cargo express train consists of 15 freight wagons and is operated on alternate days.
The CEO advised the operators to increase the number of freight wagons and run a full load train of 33 freight wagons on a daily basis. The train operators objected to the privatization of Cargo Express train and its operation under a public-private partnership.
The CEO reiterated that all decisions will be made in the best interest of Pakistan Railways and in case of non-fulfillment of the obligations of contractors of cargo operators, the train will be outsourced. The cargo contractors assured that the Railway administration will see a visible improvement within a month.