Pakistan Railways spent 97% of its total renovation funds in Punjab

Islamabad: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz, federal government spent most of its total railways renovation funds, 97%, just in Punjab; Railways had used Rs 324.507 million out of Rs 451.256 million in Lahore division which makes 71.91% of total available funds.

While answering the question of a legislator on Thursday, the government told the National Assembly that a sum of Rs 451.256 million was spent on maintenance of rail stations in five divisions during the current PML-N government’s era.

However, the total amount spent on the renovation of railway stations in Lahore division account for a massive 71.91% of the total funds. Whereas, Rs 438.445 million of total amount spent on just three divisions of Punjab province which makes up 97.16% of the total funds.

Pakistan Railways had eight territorial operating divisions among which Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi are in Punjab; Karachi, Sukkur, lies in Sindh; Quetta and Gawadar in Baluchistan province whereas, Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtun khwa.

So the 97% resources were used in Lahore, Rawalpindi and Multan divisions. Rs. 324 million were spent on 16 railway stations in Lahore division. Rs 89.261 million on the renovation, reconstruction and maintenance of eight stations in Multan division. Rs. Rs24.677 million were used on the renovation of three stations in Rawalpindi.

In Sindh, Rs 4.264 million were spent on the construction and renovation work of two railway stations in Karachi division, Sindh and Rs 8.547 million used in Sukkur on two stations.

Railways department also informed that expenditure has risen to Rs 63.154 billion during 2015-16 from Rs 48.535 billion in 2012-13 and told that higher expenditures were due to increase in salaries, pension and allowances as a result of budget announcements.

Responding to the deficit query, the government told the house that the deficit has been lessened to Rs 26.993 billion as recorded on June 2016 and when government took over the charge in 2013, Rs 30.504 billion loss was recorded on June 30. So, the present government had reduced Rs 3.511 billion of the deficit.