Engineering Post Report
Railways Division of the Federal Government is implementing 31 ongoing development schemes in a phased manner at total estimated cost of Rs 132437.855 million including meagre foreign aid of Rs 129.310 million.
Against this, Railways Division had incurred total expenditure of Rs 54031.812 million till end June 2022.
Against throw-forward of Rs 78406 .043 million, Railways Division has been allocated Rs 26540.043 million including foreign aid of Rs 107.500 million for continued implementation of its ongoing schemes under the Public Sector Development Programme for financial year 2022-23.
All the ongoing development schemes have been approved at the appropriate levels of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC). Central Development Working Party (CDWP) and Departmental Development Working Party (DDWP) depending on the estimated costs of the projects between 2017 and 2021.
Of these, two major projects were the oldest as these were approved about five years back by the ECNEC as these involved pretty high costs.
Development /Manufacture of 820 High Capacity Bogies Freight Wagons and 230 Passenger Coaches was approved by ECNEC in November 201 7
at a cost of Rs 31194.000 million involving no foreign aid.
Other project Preliminary Design/Design/Drawings for Upgradation /rehabilitation of main line (ML-1) and establishment of Dry Port near Havelian under CPEC and hiring of design/drawings vetting consultants was approved by ECNEC in April 2017 at an estimated cost of Rs 10641.634 million also involving no foreign aid.
Due to poor funding of these projects pace of their implementation has been pretty slow. If adequately higher funding had been done then both these schemes would have been completed at least two years back if not earlier than that. For instance, ML-1 designing etc project.
Throw forward at the start of the current financial year was Rs 678.425 million against which only Rs 500.000 million were provided under the PSDP thus dragging its possible completion into the next financial year.