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Railways to install 300 trackers in trains

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways is all set to install around 300 trackers in trains by next week of January 2019 to enable passengers to track trains’ position and movements while traveling.
The installation of a tracking system will help Pakistan Railways for monitoring of trains’ movement and fuel expenditure, an official in the Ministry of Railways told APP.
He said that trackers had been handed over to Pakistan Railways by a local engineer free of charge and the trackers would be installed in all the locomotives that would update the customers about locations, upcoming stations and even the speed of their respective train.
“Control Rooms in the Divisional Headquarters were also being modernized so that the concerned staff on duty can see the position of the train and take steps in case of any emergency,” he added.
To a question, he said that Pakistan Railways is planning to operate a modern VVIP train with the help of any five stars hotel which will help the department to earn more revenue.
The official said that administrations of some five-star hotels have already contacted the Pakistan Railways for running a state-of-the-art train. However, the Investment Committee of the department would take the final decision.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.