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SC gives government four more weeks for restructuring of Railways

SC gives government four more weeks for restructuring of Railways
August 20, 2020
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – On the plea of Planning Commission, the Supreme Court (SC) granted four more weeks to government for restructuring of Pakistan Railways. An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard a suo motu case on deficit in Pakistan Railways. The SC extended the deadline for overhaul loss-making Pakistan Railways in order to turn it into a profit-making national entity on a request by the Planning Commission. The court sought report from Sindh government and Railways on progress of circular railway in Karachi. During the hearing, CJP Justice Gulzar Ahmed remarked that there is no bridge on the river Indus that the nation can be proud of and the only bridge which is beautiful is Ayub Bridge, which was built during tenure of Ayub Khan. "Karachi-Hyderabad Bridge can collapse at any time but the bridge built by the British in Kotri is still in good condition," the chief justice said. He further remarked that good bridges should be built for ML-1 project. On this, the railway secretary said state-of-the-art bridges will be built as part of the ML-1 project whose phase one will be completed in three years. At this, the CJP snapped three years is a long period as Chinese people lay down railway tracks in months. He directed the government to complete the project at the earliest if funds are available.