Railways launching 18 new development schemes

Engineering Post Report

Pakistan Railways is all set to launch 18 new schemes under the Public Development Programme (PSDP) 2020-21 sat a total estimated cost of Rs 1215908865 million including foreign aid of Rs 1066323.020 million.

Most importantly, these include Up-gradation of Pakistan Railways existing Main Line-1 (ML-1) and establishment of Dry Port near Havelian (2018-22)Phase  1 under the umbrella of great game changer China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)  at an estimated cost of Rs 1184803.355  million  including foreign aid of Rs 1066323.020 million. An allocation of Rs 6000.000 million including foreign aid of Rs 500 .000 million has been providing for its launching during financial 2020-21 under the PSDP. It has already been approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) and international tenders are ready and  were being floated within these days.

The other important development project which the Railways plan to launch during current financial year is Revival of Karachi Circular Railways (KCR) Phase -2 at an estimated cost of Rs 8705 .000 million with no foreign aid. An allocation of Rs 300.000 million with no foreign aid has been provided for its launching purposes under PSDP 2020-21.

Other 16 new schemes, which have been approved  at the appropriate level by the Departmental Development Working Party (DDWP)/ Central Development  Working Party (CDWP) are Collaboration of Pakistan Railways with different  Academic Institutes (Triple Helix Model), Consultancy services  regarding Revision of Bridge Rules and Codes  of Practice prescribed  for Design f Bridges on Pakistan Railways, Establishment of Business Development  and HR Support Unit at Pakistan Railways,  Improvement of Islamabad Dry Port,  Improvement of terminal facilities (Mughulpura and Qila Sattar Shah) on Pakistan Railways,  Operationalization of Train on KCR alignment,  PC-11 for Commercial and Financial Feasibility Study for the Sub-Project under ML-1 Project “ Karachi to Hyderabad (163 km) construction of new double line for 160km/h on PPP/BOT basis “, Procurement and installation of machinery at signal workshop, Provision of train approaching  warning system for level crossing and in-house development  of LED based  colour light signals,  Recommissioning of 5 Accidental Locomotives, Rehabilitation of China Creek Bridge No 4 on Kemari-Karachi section, Rehabilitation of KPT and Rail Connectivity (Phase-1), Rehabilitation of track between  Banuli-Sohan Bridge on Kundian-Attock City Section ( Peshawar Division Ph -1), Rehabilitation of track between Rehmani Nagar-Bakrani Road on Dadu- Habib Kot Section ( Sukkur Division Ph-4), Rehabilitation of Track between Sama Satta-Bahawalnagar on Sama Satta- Amruka section and Umbrella PC 11 for Feasibility Studies and Transaction Advisory Services. Cost of each of these schemes has been intentionally avoided to save the readers from burden of too many figures, lease.

Additionally, Pakistan Railways is implementing and executing as many as 23 ongoing schemes in phased manner which are at various stages of their completion at a total estimated cost of Rs 161768.750 million  involving no foreign aid.

Under PSDP-2020-21, Pakistan Railways has been allocated Rs 24000.000 million including foreign aid of Rs 500.000 million for its 23 ongoing and launching of 18 new schemes during the  current financial year.