Pakistan: Government pushes provinces to fund upgrades

4 Feb

Both the Minister for Railways Kahawaja Saad Rafique and the Parliamentary Secretary for Railways Syed Ashiq Hussain spoke on February 3rd, 2014 that upgrading level crossing is the responsibility of provincial governments and also the parties with the responsibility of the rights-of-way over Pakistan’s 1,993 unmanned (i.e. passive) level crossings. The basis for this is contained within Section 12 of the Railway Act 1890, passed 57 years before Pakistan became a nation and still in force 66 years later.

The Punjab Provincial Government has committed PKR630 million for the upgrade of presently unmanned level crossings. This has prompted the Minister for Railways and Pakistan Railways’ General Manager to meet with Provincial leaders to stress the importance of eliminating unmanned crossings. In many cases the 1993 unmanned level crossings will become staffed crossings with barriers / gates as automated active protection is not affordable. Indeed, some provinces will struggle to fund the upgrades for which they have the statutory lead responsibility.

One Response to “Pakistan: Government pushes provinces to fund upgrades”

  1. John Cartledge February 4, 2014 at 16:20 #

    It’s interesting that 124 year old British legislation is still in force in Pakistan, that level crossings are “manned” rather than “staffed”, and that in Pakistani conditions manning is seen as a cheaper solution than automation.

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