China to upgrade Peshawar-Karachi railway track: minister

Published: November 11, 2015
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People waiting for their trains at Karachi Railway Station. PHOTO: AFP

People waiting for their trains at Karachi Railway Station. PHOTO: AFP

Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Wednesday that China has expressed commitment to upgrade the Peshawar-Karachi railway track, Radio Pakistan reported.

Speaking in the Senate, the minister said Peshawar-Karachi railway line will be upgraded under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

Informing the House about the steps being taken to improve Pakistan Railways, Rafique said the government plans to introduce 250 new coaches to provide better travelling facilities to the commuters.

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Around 180 will be locally manufactured in Carriage Factory Islamabad, he added.

The minister revealed that a tender for procurement of 800 high capacity hopper wagons for transportation of goods was in progress; out of which, 595 wagons will be manufactured locally.

The government has also decided to upgrade 21 railway stations across the country in the next three years at a cost of Rs1.95 billion, said Rafiq.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • curious2
    Nov 11, 2015 - 9:29PM

    How much, who’s going to pay, and why wasn’t it put out to bid? Basic info/questions that should have been included in this article.Recommend

  • Grace
    Nov 11, 2015 - 9:59PM

    Great work by the current government to get motorways and railways functioning! Keep it up and transform the nation!Recommend

  • Angry Pitbull
    Nov 11, 2015 - 11:06PM

    Too much is going in the hands of china, it is not at all good because chinese are well for their notorious character. Recommend

  • Shakil Ahmed Khan
    Nov 11, 2015 - 11:12PM

    He should addressed as advisor to PM not a minister, he has been deseated from his MNA and appeal only filed on ground for more time to prepare for appeal! Recommend

  • Woz Ahmed
    Nov 12, 2015 - 1:03AM

    Sounds very promising, has potential to transform transport infrastructure.

    My concern is transparency and price, if CPEC power projects ,solar and Thar coal are representative, will be poor value, hope I am wrong.Recommend

  • Woz Ahmed
    Nov 12, 2015 - 1:10AM

    Just read this article after my last post.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/989626/solar-power-plant-chinese-govt-intervenes-as-1-5b-investment-at-stake/

    So India this week had an American company bid 7.1 US cent per kWh , Under CEPC Chinese company insists on 14.25c.

    With 45% loss in t&d and pure theft, what will this do to our nation ?Recommend

  • aware
    Nov 12, 2015 - 3:18AM

    The Chinese are shrewd and pragmatic. They are not likely to be emotional / sentimental like the people from the subcontinent. I would be surprised if they didn’t have a selfish angle to doing all this. Recommend

  • Ahsan
    Nov 12, 2015 - 5:53AM

    Despite the fact I am not a big fan of Saad Rafiq he is doing a commendable job. PR needs to become the backbone of the Pakistani economy as it can be a cheaper and fastest form of transport of goods to the port city Recommend

  • Jay
    Nov 13, 2015 - 10:52AM

    Pakistan can make Drones and missiles and Nuclear weapons and all the big things( none of them ever failed for one single time) ..why cannot they maintain a railway line or produce railway engines ? its very strange.Recommend

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