Massive Pak Railways upgradation

FOR the first time in many years, present government has embarked upon a massive plan to upgrade and expand network of Pakistan Railways. These are not mere plans as expression of interest has already been invited from interested parties for laying of new railway track and rehabilitation and upgradation of existing track on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis.
As BOT takes care of financing issue, which has been one of the main hurdles in implementation of various projects, it is expected that the plan would be translated into reality. And if all goes well, this would mean bringing Pak Railways back into mainstream of national transportation sector as it would be in a position to cater to the needs of many countries and different regions. The plan has wisely been visualised and prepared as there is more emphasis on laying of new tracks and upgradation of new ones in Balochistan, which was, in the past, ignored and which is going to play a crucial role in the success of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Of 2,965 kilometres of news track that are going to be laid, Balochistan’s share would be 1,761 kms besides upgradation of existing tracks of 1,064 kms out of a total of 3,001 kms. The new lines would inter-connect Gwadar, Talar, Turbat, Hoshab, Panjgur, Besima, Surab, Mastung, Bostan, and Zhob with different parts of the country. Upgradation of ML-I and ML-II is also long due and completion of the project would enable running of fast trains, cutting down travel time significantly. The plan also takes care of linking Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir with Pakistan and that would not only facilitate movement of people and goods but also serve strategic interests of the country. We hope that the Prime Minister and the vibrant Railway Minister Kh Saad Rafiq would personally monitor so that all these projects are materialised as these have the potential to bring about a socio-economic revolution in the country.

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