All unmanned railway crossings to be ‘achieved away with’ this month: Sheikh Rasheed

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Railways minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad on Saturday stated that every one unmanned crossings will likely be achieved away with “this month”, a day after a tragic practice accident claimed 22 lives near Sheikhupura.

Yesterday’s train-van collision has been blamed on the van driver’s negligence and hasty determination to go off the trail of a fenced crossing and try to cross the railway tracks by an unmanned crossing.

“This month, Ecnec (Executive Committee of the National Economic Council) will approve the decision. [All] 3,000 unmanned crossings will be done away with, over bridges and under bridges [sic] will be opened and the track area will be completely fenced off. No one will even be able to move alongside the railway tracks,” stated the railways minister on the Pakistan Railways Headquarters in Lahore.

It was his first press convention since his restoration from the coronavirus.

The minister stated that for the Mainline-1 (ML-1) challenge, the observe can be safer, including that the paper work on the ML-1 challenge was in progress and it could be began quickly.

He thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa for his or her particular curiosity within the ML-1 challenge.

Rasheed stated that the present yr can be the yr of the railways’ full revival, including that no employee can be sacked. “We will provide employment to more than 100,000 people in the railways soon,” the minister stated.

He stated that the railways was working trains with 60% occupancy and bearing losses however was nonetheless facilitating folks throughout the nation.

To a query, he stated that every one concessions to the aged folks within the trains would stay intact and so they might take pleasure in these concession in all trains.

The minister stated that fare of the trains wouldn’t be elevated, including that he had rejected such recommendations already and the burden of gasoline costs wouldn’t be shifted to the passengers.

COVID-19 ‘scary’ illness

Speaking of his time spent whereas unwell with COVID-19, the minister stated that it was a really “frightening” time.

“The coronavirus is a very serious and frightening disease,” he stated. “I was not frightened when I was targeted in four different attacks, but I was frightened by corona,” Rasheed stated.

Rasheed lamented not having the ability to procure “a single injection”, even when able to pay Rs500,000 for it. He stated that it was the National Disaster Management Authority chairman Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal who graciously organized it.

The minister stated he wouldn’t want the sickness on even his enemies. He wished PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif a speedy restoration.

Political local weather

The minister, whereas discussing the nation’s present political local weather, stated that “we are neither the last choice, nor are we minus one”.

He stated that if there must be a “minus one” (referring to if the premier steps down), it’ll really be a “minus three” that may happen.

Rasheed stated that the PTI “must not air its dirty laundry on the media”.

The minister alleged that the earlier rulers looted the railways and took kickbacks in numerous purchases, including that the railway was sending corruption circumstances of the earlier regimes to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Speaking extra on the opposition, he stated that it “can do no harm to Imran Khan”.

“Both the opposition parties have been caught red-handed in serious cases. They cannot wash their hands of this,” Rasheed stated.

“When I said let Nawaz Sharif go, he had to go,” the minister stated, at one level.

The minister was of the view that the petrol costs had been lowered premature.

Of the sugar disaster, he stated issues had been getting very “serious”. “I had always been against the export of sugar and flour,” stated the minister.