‘Fair Bidding’ Process: Railways Outsource Commercial Management of Nine Trains – Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways had contracted out the commercial management of nine trains to private parties as part of a public-private partnership through a fair and transparent tendering process during the tenure of the current government .

The basic aim of outsourcing trains was to provide better facilities for passengers and generate more revenue for the department, an official from the Ministry of Railways told APP.

Pakistan Railways privatized trains included Mehr Express, Fareed Express, Faiz Ahmad Faiz Express, Jinnah Express, Mehran Express, Badar Express,

Sir Syed Express, Ghauri Express, Mianwali Express, he added.

He said the companies that took over the commercial management of the trains included S Jamil and Co. (Pvt) Limited, PRACS, Raas Logistic, As Enterprises, AA Enterprises and SSR Group.

The official said the trains were awarded through a transparent tendering process under the rules of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) through advertisements in major newspapers.

He said that only trains were awarded whose bids were received beyond the earnings of Pakistan Railways. The official said the trains were allocated with the aim of increasing revenue and reducing losses for Pakistani railways, improving cleanliness and providing better food facilities for passengers.

To a question, he said Pakistan Railways was planning to outsource its hospitals in the country to modernize, expand and rehabilitate them under the public-private partnership. He said the department had organized a road show to urge the private sector to join the government in its efforts to improve and modernize health services in railway hospitals.

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