Railway Division implementing 31 ongoing schemes in a phased manner 

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.