Engineering Post Report
Railways Division plans to launch 9 new development schemes during new financial year 2021-22 topped by “Up-gradation of Pakistan Railways existing Main Line (M-1) and Establishment of Dry Port near Hegelian (2018-22 Phase -1 under the umbrella of great game changer China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)” under the Public Sector Development Programme.
The mega project, which was approved by the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) in September 2020, is estimated to cost Rs 1119307.523 million including foreign aid of Rs 1066323.020 million. An allocation of Rs 6000.000 million including foreign ad of Rs 2989.474 million has been provided for its launching during just commenced financial year under PSDP.
Other new schemes in brief include Construction of New Track, Up-gradation/Rehabilitation of Track from Chaman Yard (including) to Pak Afghan Border; Establishment of Coal Terminals on Pakistan Railways (Phase-1); Improvement of Terminal Facilities and Enhancing Security Arrangement in Marshalling Yard Pipri Karachi; Indigenous Development of Wireless Based Block Instrument, Inter-locking System and Development of Production Unit, Research and Development Project; Installation and Commissioning of Solar System at 155 New Railway Stations; Procurement of 600 Flat Container Bogie Wagons, and ; Rehabilitation and Dualization of Karachi Circular RailwayPhase-11; Rehabilitation of 300 KVA DG Sets.
Pakistan Railways is also in the process of implementation in phased manner since 2015 to 2020 as many as 29 ongoing schemes at an estimated cost of Rs 163177.757 million involving no foreign aid at all.
Pakistan Railways allocation under PSDP 2021-22 is Rs 30025.599 million including foreign aid of Rs 3117.84 million both for launching 9 new development schemes and continuing implementation of ongoing 29 schemes.
None of the under-implementation 29 development schemes is likely to be completed by end June 2022 and some may be completed during 2022-23 provided small amounts required for this purpose are duly provided.
Pakistan Railways comprises a total of 466 locomotives (461 Diesel Engine and 05 Steam Engines) for the 7791 kilometers route length.