Havelian to Khunjerab railway track to be upgraded under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor
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ISLAMABAD: Briefing the Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said that Karachi to Peshawar and Taxlia to Havelian railway tracks will be upgraded under first phase of the economic corridor.
The minister said that the ML-1 railway tracks (Karachi-Peshawar and Taxila-Havelian) will be upgraded in the first phase of the CPEC. The length of existing ML-1 is 1,681 km and it is the 70 percent of the entire railway operations of the country. “These tracks are crossing through three provinces and connecting the major population centres of the country. After the up gradation of the tracks, Pakistan Railways will be able to generate Rs 50 billion revenue per year which will finish the losses of the PR,” he told the committee.
The committee was also briefed that the railway projects under the CPEC have been divided into three phases of short-term, medium-term and long-term. A new dry port will be established in Havelian along with up gradation of ML-1. The first phase of this project will be completed in 2020, which includes up gradation of tracks, fencing in busy cities, up gradation of training facilities, up gradation of railway stations and computerisation of signalling system, he told.
In second phase, up gradation of 1,254 km long ML-2 from Kotri to Attock is planned and it will also be extended in two directions by laying down new railway tracks; first, from Kotri to Quetta via Gawadr and Bisima, and second, from Bisima to Rohri via Jaccobad, Saad informed.
Saad said the extension of ML-3 Quetta to Kotlajam will also be done under second phase of the CPEC, which will be completed in 2025. The 682 km long new railway track from Havelian to Khunjerab will be established under the third phase of the CPEC and it will be completed in 2030, said the minister.
Meanwhile, addressing the newsmen after the meeting, Parliamentary Committee on CPEC Chairman Senator Mushaid Hussain Syed said the representatives of all political parties in the committee once again showed their full confidence on the CPEC and they were of the view that there is no dispute on the CPEC but some parties have concerns over its few projects.
He informed that Premier Sharif has called leadership of all political parties in PM House today (Friday) to resolve the concerns raised by political parties over the CPEC. JUI-F’s MNA Akram Khan Durrani told Daily Times, “Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has assured us that the prime minister will redress our grievances on western route of the CPEC in the meeting.” (DailyPakistan)