ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan Railways will repair 93 railway bridges upto June 2017 to ensure the safety of the passengers.
“Pakistan Railways had already rehabilitated 66 bridges,” official sources in the Ministry of Railways told the state-run news agency in Islamabad.
The Railways administration desires to provide quick and safe journey to the travelling public within shortest possible time, they added.
“There are 13841 bridges including 532 major and 13309 minor bridges over the system. Most of the bridges were constructed well before partition, when Railway System was introduced in the subcontinent and have completed their useful life,” the sources added.
They said that due to dedicated inspections and regular maintenance, bridges are generally in satisfactory condition for safe train operation.
In rehabilitation of flood damages, out of 69 bridges, 16 have been completed and remaining will be completed upto June 2017, the sources added.
They said the rehabilitation bridges will ensure safety standards, remove speed restrictions imposed on weak bridges, ensure effective maintenance in reducing the operational cost and meet the increased requirements of freight and passengers.