In the first week of November a Chinese delegation led by Director General of China’s National Railway Administration (NRA) Yan Hexiang called on the Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed at Islamabad. During their meeting both sides expressed satisfaction over the progress on the $9.2 billion Main Line (ML-1) project.
While talking to the media Sheikh Rasheed said that the Chinese leadership would be invited next year on the inauguration ceremony of the $9.2 billion project, which would be completed in five years. The project would connect Pakistan through train with China, Central Asia and Iran.
After the upgradation of the 1,872 kilometres long rail network the distance between Karachi to Rawalpindi would be shrunk to only 10 hours. The project would significantly help increase the overall production of the country after its completion in next five years.