Pakistan Railway lands in crisis as 18 Radiators from Locomotives stolen

ISLAMABAD: While Pakistan Railways going to induct more locomotives to decrease the crisis which has hampered its operation, the 18 stolen locomotive’s radiators were not recovered despite passing several months.

The Auditor General Pakistan’s reports revealed that 18 locomotives which came to the loco shed for servicing lost their radiators and are now rusting there. The radiators costing Rs.45 million had not developed any fault but were allegedly stolen in the machine shop.

The radiators of Chinese and Germany origin with weight ranging from 184kg to 283kg were composed of 50.5 percent copper, 40 percent brass, 20 percent steel and could not be lifted without the collaboration of Railway employees, according to AGP report.

On the AGP report, the Departmental Accounts Committee (DAC) in its meeting held directed the Principal Officer (PO) to provide revise explanation explaining the facts of the case. Committee emphasizes that cost of stolen locomotive radiators be recovered, besides taking disciplinary action.

When contacted to the Divisional Superintendent of Rawalpindi railway station, he said that the locomotive radiators stolen case is pending in the court that is why they have not token any action against those person who were involved in the case. He further said that Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had investigated this case and presented a detailed report in the court adding that railway would take strong action after the court’s decision.