Railways to reduce freight charges

Railway to Improve infrastructure

Pakistan Railways is planning to rehabilitate infrastructure including track and signaling system from Karachi to Peshawar, Main Line-I (ML-I), including doubling of track from Lahore to Peshawar (462.20
km).The length of the track is 1,726 kilometers and the department has planned to improve speed upto
160 kilometers per hour in the project of up-gradation of ML-I under China-Pak Economic Corridor
(CPEC). For this purpose, a modified PC-I amounting to Rs 9.851 billion has got approval from the
Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC). To improve the speed of the trains and
ensure fixed timings procurement of 230 passenger coaches and 820 High Capacity Wagons under the
Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) project are also under process. Moreover, around 46
Completely-Built-Up (CBU) passenger coaches have been procured up till now while the remaining 184
would be manufactured in the country and the couches would be able to travel at the speed of
160km/h. Besides, the installation of Computer Based Interlocking (CBI) system on 48 stations on ML-I to
improve signaling and interlocking for higher speed and safety of train operation. Further about 6300
opportunities to the employees with the provision of government accommodation according to
entitlement and priority list, staff benevolent funds, benefits and incentives provided through Prime
Minister’s Family Assistance Package policy for deceased employees’ families are part of these facilities.