Several trains stopped as railways runs out of fuel

KARACHI — Pakistan Railways, financially bankrupt and considered to be one of the most corrupt public sector enterprises, is on the verge of collapse after it ran out of fuel leading to cancellation of several major scheduled trains across the country.

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Published: Mon 19 Sep 2011, 11:43 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:50 AM

A railways official admitted that there has been acute shortage of fuel and if diesel was not received on Sunday then operating the already badly truncated train services will become even more difficult.

The official confirmed that due to default on payment of millions of rupees to Pakistan State Oil (PSO), another public sector enterprise, the latter has stopped supply of diesel. Due to lack of diesel several main line trains including Khyber Mail and Awami Express were standing idle at various stations.

Due to liquidity problem and shortage of engines and spare parts, Pakistan Railways had to cancel hundreds of trains in the last several months and those still running were being delayed for hours and days causing inconvenience to millions of passengers who opt to reach their destinations by train.

Only last month not for the first time the government doled out billions of rupees to keep the railways operational, but major chunk of the money was utilised for administration purposes including salaries of nearly 90,000 employees.

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