ISLAMABAD: In its ongoing drive to repair, renovate and reconstruct stations of Pakistan Railways , the PML-N led federal government has so far remained focused mainly on Lahore division where it spent Rs324.507 million out of the total funds of Rs451.256 million.
The state-run railway consists of eight territorial operating divisions – Gwadar, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Quetta, Rawalpindi and Sukkur.
In response to a question of a legislator, the government on Thursday told the National Assembly that a sum of Rs451.256 million was spent on maintenance of rail stations in five divisions during the current government’s term.
However, the total amount spent on the maintenance of rail stations in Lahore division – the prime minister’s hometown – account for a massive 71.91% of the total funds. While total amount spent on just three divisions of Punjab is Rs438.445m which is 97.161% of the total funds spent.
The largest share of the funds – Rs324 million – was spent on the stations of Lahore division, where 16 railway stations were renovated, repaired or reconstructed. In Multan division another Rs89.261 million were spent on the maintenance of eight stations.