Lahore, 29 February 2020 – Staff Reporter:
Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Saturday said it was the job of the provincial government to construct gates at railway crossings.
Rashid was addressing a press conference in Lahore after 30 people lost their lives in an accident near Sindh’s Rohri after a passenger bus tried to cross an unmanned railway crossing when a train was passing by.
Rashid appealed to Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to release pending funds to the railways department “so that these the gates can be completed”, adding that currently there were around 3,000 unmanned railway crossings between Karachi and Peshawar.
He also announced that the Karachi to Peshawar Main Railway Line (ML-1) will be decided by May 10, as a result of which all manned and unmanned railway crossings will be removed.
“When the ML-1 project is completed, the entire railway track from Karachi to Peshawar will be fenced, thereby eliminating all manned and unmanned railway crossings,” he said.