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Locomotives from South Korea


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ACCORDING to a news item appearing in the local press, Pakistan plans to purchase diesel locomotive from South Korea as its railways is facing problems due to shortage of these engines.

Many people may not know that it is a fact that Pakistan possesses a full-fledged locomotive-manufacturing factory at Risalpur that was set up in 1992 with the cooperation of Japan. The factory can manufacture locomotives indigenously, including their spares.

Despite availability of this factory, we’re still thinking of purchasing locomotives from South Korea.

Keeping this in view, one would like to put the following questions to the railways authorities: In the presence of this factory, what made them think of buying the readymade locomotives from S. Korea?

Why can’t the unserviceable locomotives be recovered in this factory that has complete spares-manufacturing facilities too?

If the factory isn’t manufacturing locomotives and their spares which is its primary job, then what else is it doing? Why is it maintaining a huge workforce and paying them salaries besides maintaining a huge infrastructure?

A developing country like ours should strive for self-reliance whereas we are looking towards importing ready-made stuff from abroad.

Why did the railways authorities wait for the present situation to develop, i.e., acute shortage of locomotives? There’s something called planning and forecasting. Why wasn’t it put into practice?

One would like to ask senior railways officials to take stock of the situation and take measures to make the best use of the installed facilities in the local locomotive factory.

We must manufacture locomotives in this factory according to a phased programme and recover unserviceable ones by utilising the spares’ manufacturing facilities of the same factory.

A.A. KHAN Rawalpindi

Comments (14) Closed

malik Apr 14, 2013 04:11am
I am sure the Rail people may have sold the factory just like they sold rail tracks and spare parts and diesel. They are all responsible for this mess not just mr. balour.
surinder Apr 14, 2013 11:09am
Why not buy from at cheaper price?
aziz Apr 14, 2013 12:01pm
Buying means commission which all and sundry in the buying chain can share according to their status. Manufacturing does not bring in any commission. The country and its people can go to hell as far as they are concerned.
open minded Apr 14, 2013 12:36pm
why to buy from SK if India has the facility
Azfar A Khan Apr 14, 2013 02:42pm
But, the overall responsibility still rests on Mr. Bilour! Why didn't he control people under him and tell them in plain words not to indulge in corruption? The PML-N uprooted the railway lines during one of its tenures whereas the PPP government played hell with whatever was left. So, now the "cheap" means of communication for the poor is at its last breath. Can you imagine that a situation had reached a few months back that trains had stopped due to non-availability of diesel! But, I don't have any remorse. The public deserves this treatment. Why the hell did they vote for these looters and thieves? I was wonderstruck to see on the TV that the PPP still has people who would like to vote for it.. Simply, shameful!
Bhaiyaji Apr 14, 2013 04:00pm
Indian products lack quality....... besides.... why we should buy Indian products when they are not open minded enough to let our cricketers and hockey players merely play there...... open mindedness should be both ways...... not only when it benefits India.....
AJ Kabul Apr 14, 2013 06:13pm
Make you wonder - Pakistan is capable of manufcturing nuclear weapons but not locomotives!!! Hmmm... perhaps nuclear technology was bought from North Korea!!!
SAL Apr 14, 2013 06:39pm
That will be the last thing, to buy indian junk. I have seen there final good.
Narkumar Apr 14, 2013 09:56pm
India does not have sufficient locomotives to meet the Indian Railways requirements and thus it would be a boon to the Indian Railway travelers if Pakistan purchased Railway Locomotives from South Korea or Germany or China. Thanks
Azhar Apr 14, 2013 11:39pm
Mr Bilour owns the largest truck and bus fleets. They run from Karachi to Peshawar. He simply eliminated the competition while enjoying the perks. This was a dream come true. These people have no loyalty to the State just to themselves.
ROHIT PANDEY Apr 15, 2013 03:13am
Heard of TATA DAEWOO? The Daewoo buses run in Pakistan,don't they? You think they are junk? That is a SOUTH KOREAN COMPANY taken over by an INDIAN COMPANY!!
ROHIT PANDEY Apr 15, 2013 03:21am
TELCO is the acronym for TATA ENGINEERING AND LOCOMOTIVE is purely an automotive company now but at once upon a time,they used to manufacture locomotives in India...I am sure if Pakistan wants quality locomotives Tatas can set up a plant in Pakistan? Much like the Daewoo buses TATA locomotives can be manufactured in Pakistan?
Ali Hassan Apr 15, 2013 04:44am
Mr Bilour appointed people from his province to head each department. Those people are responsible for this mess,
alazy Apr 15, 2013 05:20am
nobody trust Pakistan product then why should railway