China assures to include Kuchlak- Quetta Train Project in CPEC

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Quetta—A delegation of Pakistan including Chief Minister Balochistan, Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri, Chair-man Gwadar Port Authority, Dostain Jamaldini and other officials visited China for its six-day tour recently, where they inspected different projects in Chinese cities of Tianjin, Shanghai and Beijing. The visit of Pakistani delegation to China was in the context of China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) which was going to become a game change for the entire region.
‘The all states of Central Asia, Afghanistan, Iran, Russian Federation and China itself have been eying on CPEC and Gwadar Deep Sea Port as they have pinned hope on these mega projects for boost of their economy by exports of their products through these channels’, official sources told APP. The western route of CPEC will be passing through Balochistan to connect China with Gwadar.
Now, when China has planned to invest billions of dollars in different sectors, Chief Minister Balochistan drew the Chinese officials’ attention towards investment in different sectors in Balochistan including mines and minerals, energy, fishing, agriculture and livestock as the province was rich in these natural resources. The delegation of the Chief Minister travelled from Shanghai to a city through a high speed bullet train, of which speed was 308 kilometres per hour.
The train covered the distance within 19 minutes. The Chief Minister Balochistan asked the Chinese officials to include Kuchlak-Quetta Mass Transit Train Project in the CPEC. The Chinese officials assured him of extending their full cooperation in this regard.
“For China the CPEC would reduce the travelling distance, for its huge volumes of trade with the Gulf countries, from existing 13000 kilometres to mere 2500 kilometres”, he added. He said that while it will cut down the travelling time from the existing 45 days to only 10 days, it will also reduce the cost of freight by one third.—APP

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