PRs to upgrade tracks on BoT basis

Islamabad

Pakistan Railways has finalised arrangements for upgraddation and construction of more than 50,000 kilo meters long tracks across the country on the basis of Build Operate Transfer (BoT). In this regard, the ministry has invited Expression of Interest (EoI) for prequalification of contractors in which as many as ten companies’ consortium were selected through a bidding process, the sources told APP. The tracks include; around 900km long construction of new track from Gwadar-Talar Pass-Turbat- Hoshab-Panjgur- Besima Surab Mastung and 300km long track from Jacobabad-Besima,laying of railway track from Bostan-Zhob-D.I Khan-Kotla Jam (560 km), laying of track from Havelian-Khunjrab (682 km), upgradation of existing Main Line-II (ML-II) from Kotri to Attock city (1254km), upgradation of railway track from Quetta-Taftan (680 km), laying of new track from Islamabad to Muzaffarabad via Murree (107 km), upgradation of Wazirabad-Sialkot-Narowal-Shahdara (234 km), construction of double line from Shahdara to Faisalabad via Sangla Hill and up-gradation of existing line (135 km), construction of double line from Khanewal to Faisalabad and Sangla Hill to Wazirabad (280 km) and upgradation of existing line, on BOT basis.
They said the rehabilitation and improvement of existing track will be carried out to achieve higher speeds of up to 160 km per hour for which feasibility studies of some of the sections are being conducted. The sources said that BOT resolves financing issue, which has remained one of the main hurdles in implementation of various projects. They said that in the plan more emphasis is on new tracks and their upgradation in Balochistan, which is going to play a crucial role in the success of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Balochistan’s share would be 1,760 km out of around 3000-km of new track that are going to be laid.
The new lines would inter-connect Gwadar with different parts of the country, they added. They said that upgradation of ML-I and ML-II would enable running of fast trains, reducing travel time significantly. The plan will also link Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir with Pakistan. In order to enhance the capacity of the system, the sectional speed is proposed to be raised to 120/160 KMPH by rehabilitation of complete infrastructure including track profile with flatter grades and easy curves along with latest signaling system. Currently, the maximum speed of trains on most railway lines is 110 km/h while broad gauge track axle load limit is 22.86 ton, they added.
Lahore: The Pakistan Railways has covered 70 years of journey in just four years due to utmost efforts of its present administration. This was told to the participants of Mid-Career Course in a briefing by the PR team led by Additional General Manager Traffic Abdul Hameed Razi during their visit to the PR headquarter here on Thursday. They were informed that number of locomotives had been increased from 160 to 324 and 518 hectorland was evacuated from land grabbers, 850 cases out of 2500 cases were won by the railways and just four percent cases were lost.
The PR officers said that earning of the PR had been increased from Rs 18 billion to 40 billion after revolution of E-ticketing through utilisation of information technology. Answering the questions of the participants of the course, AGM Traffic said railway system had been modernised and several facilities had been introduced to the passengers in these four years including E-ticketing, duplicate ticket, mobile App and digitalisation of pensioners files.
He said that the PR administration focused on ports and freight business sector and it earned Rs 4 billion more than the target of Rs 36 billion due to which privatisation of the department was cancelled. He said that facilities, modernisation and improvement in quality was being made through public private partnership. Senior officers of different departments of the railways attended the briefing.—APP

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