Signalling system at 23 railway stations being upgraded

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The Pakistan Railways is upgrading signalling system at 23 stations, out of which 14 have so far been refurbished under a rehabilitation project.

“The project is a part of rehabilitation of assets damaged during riots on December 27, 28, 2007, following the death of Pakistan People’s Party Chairperson Benazir Bhutto,” an official in the Ministry of Railways said.

He said that another signalling project titled “Replacement of Old and Obsolete Signalling Gear Lodhran-Shahdara Section” is in theprogress for installation of modern Auto Block Signalling System at a cost of Rs 1,500 million.

Answering a question, the official informed that 90 kilometres out of 433 kilometres Auto Block Signalling system and two stations out of 31 stations are opened for traffic after installation, testing and commissioning of modern computer based interlocking (CBI) system, he added.

The official said that 86-kilometre Auto Block Signalling System and four more stations have been opened for traffic under CBI system during the financial year 2016.

The government is taking initiatives to improve the performance of Pakistan Railways and achieve tangible results, improving availability of locomotives through special repair of existing locomotives and procurement of new locomotives, he added.