Govt working on new railway tracks under CPEC: report

Published: December 20, 2015
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PHOTO: Radio Pakistan

PHOTO: Radio Pakistan

The government has planned major installation and upgradation of railway tracks under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Radio Pakistan reported on Sunday.

Under the plan, new railway tracks will be laid from Gwadar to Quetta and Jacobabad via Besima.

Five hundred and sixty kilometres of track will be laid from Bostan to Kotla Jam on Main Line-II via Zhob and Dera Islamil Khan, while 682km of track will be laid from Havelian to Khunjrab, the state-run broadcaster’s website said.

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Upgradation of 1,872km of railway track from Karachi to Peshawar via Kotri, Multan, Lahore, and Rawalpindi (including Taxila-Havelian) – along with dualisation of track from Shahdara to Peshawar – will also be carried out.

Some 1,254 kilometres of railway track from Kotri to Attock City via Dadu, Larkana, Jacobabad, DG Khan, Bhakkar, Kundian will also be upgraded.

Further, the government on Saturday gave its final go-ahead to four mega projects, including two road construction schemes under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at a revised cost of Rs862 billion – Rs214 billion or one-third higher than original estimates.

Govt green-lights three CPEC projects at 23% higher cost

The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved the 969-megawatt Neelum Jhelum Hydropower project as well as CPEC’s 118-kilometre long Havelian-Thakot and 392-km Sukkur-Multan section roads. It also approved the National Highway N-70 East-West Road Improvement Project.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Parvez
    Dec 20, 2015 - 3:05PM

    Good…..lets hope someone does not pay the Baloch dissidents to cause trouble.Recommend

  • abdullah
    Dec 20, 2015 - 3:22PM

    Good work pmln.Recommend

  • SHAH
    Dec 20, 2015 - 3:36PM

    Good to read that upgradation works are in hand and some new sector tracks being planned and to be laid. But the 23% higher cost is damaging as it is glaring into eyes of people that 20% is commissions payable by rail line contractors to Nawaz Sharif and Family, and the 3% is actually calculated as interest charge of 155 to finance this bribe pay off of 29% of contract value. So simple to understand how bribe commissions are set in the contracts at the cost of peoples money. Recommend

  • Sawaiz
    Dec 20, 2015 - 4:17PM

    Good planing PML N Zindabad Recommend

  • brar
    Dec 20, 2015 - 5:33PM

    @Parvez: we have no surplus money for such things , we will spend it for building more health facilities,more universities and other infrastructure for the development , yet the Mujahid you trained may indulge in such activties which will be blamed on us as usual.Recommend

  • Nasrat Baloch
    Dec 20, 2015 - 6:21PM

    No drinking water in Gawadur for weeks peopl of the city are purchasing a browser for Rs 15000. Before making and annoucing all these socalled projects give them water first. It is ludicrous local inhabitants are runing for a drop of water and we are hyper on such rhetorics.Recommend

  • Clown
    Dec 20, 2015 - 7:00PM

    Wow!.. wait a minute, what is this “new railway tracks”, what is wrong with the “old railway tracks”, we can always blame neighbors aka enemies, if the train derails.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 20, 2015 - 7:08PM

    Another great achievement of PML(N) government after completion of double railway track between Lahore and Karachi. Long live Mian Sahib.Recommend

  • Fawad khan
    Dec 20, 2015 - 7:54PM

    Spending trillions on roads does not make any sense to me, unless china is doing from its own budget. Why cant we question anything related to cpec? Recommend

  • Humza
    Dec 20, 2015 - 9:08PM

    @SHAH: If you want to see negative in anything, I am sure you will find it. The rest of the nation is happy to see the Sharifs start so much to improve the economy of the country.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Dec 20, 2015 - 9:57PM

    @Parvez:
    Good…..lets hope someone does not pay the Baloch dissidents to cause trouble.

    The chinese leaders do not trust Sharifs of Punjab nor plan to leave it on HOPE or CHANCE and are separately negotiating with the Baluchs and Pashtuns so called dissidents, for one hundred percent guarantees!

    Rex Minor Recommend

  • Tribeca
    Dec 20, 2015 - 10:17PM

    @SHAH:
    Nobody is buying or negativity and lies anymore.Recommend

  • amir
    Dec 21, 2015 - 2:29AM

    214 billion higher than the previous cost. i wonder how can a price skyrocket in 2/3 yearsRecommend

  • Akbar
    Dec 21, 2015 - 8:11AM

    Can u pls not show Azad Kashmir in the same color as Indian Occupied Kashmir?Recommend

  • Faruk
    Jan 1, 2016 - 8:51PM

    @Humza:
    PMLN has to work hard because they have looted the country for last 30 years no one has said any thing now PTI is here keeps an eye on PMLN, We can’t trust PPP there are also thieves, this is Chinese’s money we are spending don’t forget this! If you look at Nandi pure project look the corruption they have done, now it’s time to start Kala BAAGH Dam, the only people will oppose are Sindh government they are the most corrupt MQM will oppose they are Indians and ANP, People like Nelay delay Sharpao etc. If The Great General Raheel puts his his foot down job will be done. Recommend

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