ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways (PR) has fleet of 448 locomotives out of which 293 are functional and 155 are non-functional.
In a written reply to a question during 3rd sitting of 41st session of National Assembly on Friday, it was told that seventy seven (77) new locomotives had been inducted in the system of Pakistan Railways during the last five years.
The House was informed that 93 DE Locomotives were under maintenance/ heavy repairs presently and would be made completely operational by June, 2018.
This is however an ongoing exercise as the running Locomotives have to be detained for carrying out routine schedules/overhauls.
A total of 62 Chinese locomotives are held up since long requiring heavy repairs; the rehabilitation plan of these locomotives is under consideration subject to a feasibility study to establish that the rehabilitation will be economical, keeping in view the residual life of these locomotives.
The lower House was further informed that punctuality of mail express trains has been improved tremendously. During 2013, it was told that there were total 90 passenger trains operational which increased upto 106 in 2016. (APP)