Pakistan Railways has leased out around 6,500 acres of its land across the country to different departments and private persons to generate extra revenue.
“The land was leased and licensed out for various purposes including premium shops, stacking, agriculture and parking stands etc,” an official in the Ministry of Railways told the media.
He said that it is worth pointing out that Pakistan Railway earned a revenue of Rs. 4653.917 million as compared to Rs. 1578.136 million during the previous four years.
Giving province wise breakup, the official said that Pakistan Railways has leased out 5,132 acres in Punjab, 833 in Sindh, 470 in KP and 59 acres in Balochistan.
To a question, he said that railway administration carried out six anti encroachment operations to retrieve its encroached lands. The official said that a total of 3594.488 acres of Railways land has been retrieved with the assistance of Railway Police and District Administration since ‘February 2012 to December 2017.
In the initial phase, which started from February 2012, Railway land measuring 2537.166 acres was retrieved from encroachers.