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Pakistan Railways Has An Important Role in CPEC: Minister

Sukkur (October 16, 2018): Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed on Tuesday inaugurated two new trains at the Sukkur train station.

Speaking to the media following the inauguration, Rasheed said, “We will inaugurate a web of trains under the 100-day plan.”

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“We will double the number of trains and will soon inaugurate a train from Rohri to Mohenjodaro,” he added.

He further said, “Pakistan Railways has an important part to play in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.”

The federal minister added, “Poverty is rampant in Sukkur and we will provide concessions to railway employees. I have asked the divisional superintendent railways to not burden the poor and to not leave the rich.”

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Earlier, Federal Minister for Pakistan Railway (PR) Sheikh Rashid presided over a meeting with officers of the PR at DS office Sukkur on Tuesday and emphasised on the need to improve the PR infrastructure.

He said that every Divisional Superintendent will be responsible for the safety of track in the division under his jurisdiction and punitive action shall be taken against officers who are not performing their duties.The minister said that all reservation offices across the country would remain open till midnight and provision of clean drinking water will be made available for passengers adding that tenders for water filtration plants as well as work on escalators at railway stations would be completed by next month.

He was briefed the detail about new trains, the Mohenjo-Daro Express train would run through Larkana, Sehwan Sharif and Jamshoro to facilitate the underprivileged population of the area.

The meeting was attended by DS Railway Suleman Sadiq Shaikh, DNE Khadim Hussain Bhanbhro, DSA Yasir Pathan and other officials.The railways minister had earlier announced that he would inaugurate 10 new trains out of which he inaugurated two today.

One of the trains will transport passengers from Sukkur to Khanapur while the other will travel from Rohri to Kotri.

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