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First consignment of locomotives for freight trains to be received on March 24

First consignment of locomotives for freight trains to be received on March 24

KARACHI: First consignment of 23 locomotives from China would arrive on March 24 for use in freight operations of Railways, an official of Pakistan Railways has said.

Freight train operations will gradually be increased which would play a pivotal role in restoring the prestige of railways, the official has revealed. He said that by the end of this year, at least six freight trains would be made operational which would help generate revenue of Rs 20-25 million per day.

At present, three to four freight trains are operating on daily basis which has resulted in increase of revenue. The entire fleet of locomotives has outlived their utility and the older locomotives need to be replaced with new ones as soon as possible, the official added.