Govt to use railway for transportation of petroleum products

The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet has decided that additional petroleum products to up-country would be transported through Pakistan Railways, instead of oil tankers. The oil transportation cost through PR is not only cheaper by Rs 5,000-6,000 against its transportation cost through oil tankers, but is also the safest mean that does not entail any threat of theft or wear and tear of roads.
This decision will also be beneficial for PR as it will help them generate some revenue. The ECC meeting chaired by PM’s Adviser on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh was told if oil is transported through Pakistan Railways, it could improve its revenue and reduce losses
In order to enhance supply of PSO products to Pakistan Railways, the committee directed the Petroleum Division to divert the surplus business to Pakistan Railways that offers the lowest freight charges as compared to other modes of transportation.