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

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Comments (14)

April 14, 2013 4:11 am
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.
April 14, 2013 11:09 am
Why not buy from at cheaper price?
April 14, 2013 12:01 pm
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
April 14, 2013 12:36 pm
why to buy from SK if India has the facility
Azfar A Khan
April 14, 2013 2:42 pm
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!
April 14, 2013 4:00 pm
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
April 14, 2013 6:13 pm
Make you wonder - Pakistan is capable of manufcturing nuclear weapons but not locomotives!!! Hmmm... perhaps nuclear technology was bought from North Korea!!!
April 14, 2013 6:39 pm
That will be the last thing, to buy indian junk. I have seen there final good.
April 14, 2013 9:56 pm
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
April 14, 2013 11:39 pm
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.
April 15, 2013 3:13 am
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!!
April 15, 2013 3:21 am
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
April 15, 2013 4:44 am
Mr Bilour appointed people from his province to head each department. Those people are responsible for this mess,
April 15, 2013 5:20 am
nobody trust Pakistan product then why should railway
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