ISLAMABAD, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 5th Augst,2016) : Pakistan Railways will procure 55 locomotives from the United States on finalization of a competitive bidding process. "An agreement worth US$ 213.689 million has been signed with a US company to procure these locomotives, which will be delivered by next year," a senior official of the Ministry of Railways told APP. Besides, he said a project for rehabilitation of 27 locomotives was under execution at Risalpur factory, adding 15 locomotives had been turned out for train operation while another 12 were under rehabilitation.
He said 60 Chinese locomotives supplied by Dongfang Electric Corperation against the contract agreement were held up for want of spare parts, therefore Pakistan Railways had initiated a feasibility study for restoration of these Chinese locomotives which was under process. He said Pakistan Railways had initiated special repair of 100 locomotives to cater with repair and maintenance of held up locomotives, adding these this project was currently in procurement phase.
Replying to a question, he said Pakistan Railways purchased 63 locomotives from the foreign countries since 2008 and at present, 172 of locomotives are un-serviceable and defective out of 440 with Pakistan Railways department. To another question he said no bridges were declared dangerous for Railway Operation in the country during last ten years. He said the design-life of the bridges over Pakistan Railways system varies for different years. He said though 86 percent of Railways Bridges were more than 100 years old, but regular process of rehabilitation and strengthening of these bridges continues according to prescribed scheduled and at present all Pakistan Railways bridges were according to safety parameters.