Engineering Post Report
Railways Division of the Railways Ministry is executing 28 ongoing development schemes in phased manner and out of these six projects are likely to be completed during the ongoing financial year 2023-24 under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) of the Federal Government.
Development schemes likely to be completed by end June 2024 include Immediate Track safety Work in Karachi and Sukkur; Procurement and Installation of Machinery at Signal Workshop; Procurement/Manufacture of 820 High Capacity Bogie Freight Wagons and 230 Passenger Coaches; Reconstruction/Rehabilitation of Assets Damaged during the Floods 2010 (Revised);Rehabilitation of 300 KVA DG Sets, and; Rehabilitation of Karachi Port trust (KPT) and Rail Connectivity , Pakistan Railways Karachi (Revised).
All these projects were approved over varying years by the Departmental Development Working Party (DDWP), Central Development Working Party (CDWP) and the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) depending on their estimated costs..
Railways Division was executing on the whole 28 development schemes including the above mentioned six schemes at a total estimated cost of Rs 110571.428 million including Foreign Aid of Rs 12939.318 million. Against this, a total estimated amount of Rs 71555.031 had been reported incurred till end June 2023. For continued execution of these ongoing 28 schemes Railways Division has been allocated Rs 28850.000 million including foreign aid of Rs 238.000 million under PSDP during the ongoing financial year.
Besides ongoing development schemes, the Railways division plans to launch nine new schemes involving a total estimated cost of Rs 1997560.793 million including foreign aid of Rs 446463.644 million during the current final year 2023-24.
New schemes include among others mega project “Up-gradation of Pakistan Railways existing Main line-1 (ML-1) and establishment of Dry Port near Havelian (2018-22) Phase -2 (CPEC) at an estimated cost of Rs 1970215.800 million including Foreign Aid of Rs 448463.644 million. For launching of this mega project during the current financial year, strangely enough a nominal allocation of Rs 200.000 million including Foreign Aid of Rs 100.00 has been provided in PSDP 2023-24.