#Pakistan Railways was all set to utilize around 10937 acres its barren land across the country by executing various projects to earn more revenue for the department.
“The Ministry of Railways has owned 8439 acres barren land in Punjab, 1355 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 263 in Sindh and 880 in Balochistan,” sources in the Ministry told APP.
Giving detail, they said the department owned 1,67,690 acres land all over the country, out of which 90,326 had in Punjab, 39,428 in Sindh, 28,228 in Balochistan and 9,708 acres in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
They said that Pakistan Railways had leased out around 15,172 acres land for various purposes across the country and 3,330 acres land was under encroachment of different government departments and individual.
The sources said Pakistan Railways was using 1,086 acres land for Railway Housing Societies in four provinces and 806 acres land was under the utilization of regular and non-regular katchi abadies.
“Pakistan Railways has reserved 12,808 acres land in four provinces for future operational use including 4364 acres in Punjab, 1800 acres in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 900 acres in Sindh and 5744 acres in Balochistan,” they added.
To a question, they said the present government had leased out around 6496 acres railway 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, agricultural and parking stands etc,” they said.