Railways ministry places all rest houses on sale to counter deficit

RAWALPINDI: Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed on Thursday said that the ministry has placed all rest houses for sale to counter Rs40 billion deficit inherited from the previous government.

Talking to media in Rawalpindi on Thursday, he said that government is committed to eliminate corruption from Pakistan Railways as Pakistan Railways is facing deficit of Rs40 billion which will be ended as per directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The minister said that any form of corruption will not be tolerated and employees involved in corruption will be handed over to National Accountability Bureau, adding that full cooperations will be provided to the anti-graft watchdog in this regard.

Rasheed announced that 31 railway stations will be upgraded across the country and double track will be laid from Peshawar to Lahore.

He went on to say that we will plant trees on both sides of the track across the country to secure the track.

The minister invited private companies to brand rail cabins with their product advertisements as railways tracks are available for rent.

He asked that people who had illegally occupied lands of Pakistan Railways should vacate it and this issue will be discussed the next cabinet meeting.

Sheikh Rashid announced that 5,000 houses will be built for grade-4 railway employees.