ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways has retrieved as many as 133 acres encroached land across the country from the unauthorized occupants during the ongoing campaign this year.

“The campaign is being monitored by the divisional superintendents and ministry itself," an official in the ministry told APP.

Giving the details, he said Pakistan Railways has retrieved 12.498 acres land of commercial, residential and agricultural in Peshawar Division, 2.99 acres in Rawalpindi Division, 19,898 acres in Lahore Division, 70.21 acres in Multan Division, 19.563 acres in Sukkur Division, 7.10 acres in Karachi Division and 1.6 acres in Quetta Division.

He said a comprehensive policy has been devised to prevent further encroachments, if any new encroachment occurs in future, the officials concerned will be held responsible.

He said Standard Operating Procedure and Joint Procedure Order have been issued for strict implementation of this policy.

“A project for computerization of railway land record has already been initiated, in order to harmonize with the record of all the provincial Revenue Departments," he added.

He said the project will be helpful in safeguarding the railway land from the land grabbers to ensure transparency and control encroachments.

To a question, he said at present, the tender for the procurement of 400 trackers for 400 locomotives has been published.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2018