ISLAMABAD: Federal Railway Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour has asked the Management of Pakistan Locomotive Factory Risalpur (PLF) to focus their attention on the production of quality locomotives with the application of best available technologies and quality control methods. He made these remarks in a briefing given to him during his visit to Pakistan Locomotive Factory Risalpur on Monday.
The Railway Minister said that the locomotives manufactures at the factory must be of international standard and should have a longer life in service. He said that the plant capacity of PLF should be used to the optimum level and the deletion ratio in the production of complete locomotives from the semi-knocked down and completely knocked down units should be enhanced.
He said that the use of locally manufactured components and vital spares will make them cost effective in comparison with the ones that are imported in the completely built form. The Minister expressed concern over the realization of billions of rupees by Pakistan Revenue Division in the form of sale tax from PLF and said that it will hamper the process of production in the factory.
He said that there seems no justification for imposition of sale tax on the manufacturing of locomotives as bulk of their components and parts are imported from abroad. Referring to the problems of locomotive factory workers the Minister said that the disparity in emoluments of PLF workers and other units of Pakistan Railway will be removed.
Earlier the Railway Minister was apprised that production of locomotives at PLF has saved a foreign exchange of 641 million rupees. He was told that a pilot project of manufacturing 5 diesel electric locomotives will be started soon.
He was informed that 40 percent of the components and spares for these locomotives will be fabricated in the PLF, Heavy Mechanical Complex Taxila and Pakistan Machine Tools, which will bring a saving of 595 million rupees. Later the Minister went round various workshops of the locomotive factory an inspected the locally manufactured components and spare parts of diesel electric engines.-SANA