Engineering Post Report
Pakistan Railways 4 development projects are likely to be completed any time after suffering from cost and time over-run in varying figures.
In view of this, only token allocation of Rs 5 million has been made for each of these projects in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2019-20.
Special Repair of 150 Nos Diesel Electric Locomotives project was approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) in August 2012 at an estimated cost of Rs 5005.031 million with no foreign aid. Against this, Rs 5512.697 million had been incurred on its implemented till June 2019 and against minus throw forward of Rs 507.66 million only Rs 5.000 million have been allocated for its completion any time.
Special Repair of 800 Coaches and 2000 Wagons project was approved by the Central Development Party (CDWP) in December 2014.Against this, Rs 1869.697 million had been reportedly incurred by June 2019 and against minus throw forward of Rs 59.570 million only token allocation of Rs 5.000 million has been provided for its completion during current financial year any time.
Another project “Special Repair to 100 Nos Diesel Electric Locomotives “was approved by ECNEC in December 2014 for its implementation at an estimated cost of Rs 4966.751 million with no foreign aid. By June 2019, an estimated expenditure of Rs 5077.238 million had been incurred on its implementation in a phased manner.Against cost-over run of Rs 110.467 million by end of June 2019, it has also been provided token allocation of Rs 5.000 for its delayed completion any time.
Fourth project “Track Rehabilitation on Khanpur-Lodharan Section” was approved by ECNEC in May 2011 for its execution at an estimated cost of Rs 8979.000 million and Rs 9023.284 million were reported to have been incurred on its implementation till end June 2019.It has also been allocated token allocation of Rs 5.000 million for ensuring its completion any time before the end of current financial year.
Other five projects which have been funded adequately in the PSDP 2019-20 for ensuring their completion at their approved cost before the current fiscal year ends are Construction of Staff Quarters (Revised) (Rs 740.000 million), Procurement of Equipment for Improved Security and Anti-Terrorism Measures (Rs 403.075 million) , Up-gradation of Railway Stations to attract Sikh tourism at Hassan Abdal, Nankana Sahib and Narowal (Revised) (Rs 1083.113 million), Up-gradation of Terminal Facilities and Dry Ports ( Rs 2238.434 million) and Up-gradation of/ Reservation of Railway Stations ( 1297.457 million).
On the whole ,Pakistan Railways are executing 23 major and minor on-going schemes and five new schemes approved/unapproved at a total cost of Rs 486666.885 million during current financial year and has been allocated Rs 16000.000 for continued implementation of ongoing developments which are at various stages of their implementation/ completion and launching of new projects under the PSDP 2019-20.
Only the so far unapproved project “Up-gradation of Pakistan Railways existing Main Line-1 (ML-1) and establishment of Dry Port near Havelian (2018-22) Phase-1 (CPEC ) at an estimated cost of Rs 324660.000 has been allocated foreign aid of Rs 2500.000 million.