Turkey to help in Railway’s revival

An eight member delegation of Turkish State Railways companies Talamsas and Raymisas called upon Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed. The delegation showed keen interest in helping to upgrade Pakistan Railways and its operations. The Pakistani side sough Turkey’s investment in Quetta-Taftan and Quetta-Gwadar railway section to connect the seaport with other parts of the region including Central Asia. The Turkish delegation is on a five day visit during which time they will visit different facilities of Pakistan Railways.
Talamsas and Raymisas, Turkish Railways state companies, will also join hands with the Pakistan Railways for transfer of technology. Both the countries will devise recommendations for joint ventures in the establishment and upgradation of manufacturing plants on built operate and transfer(BOT) basis. Currently, two factories of Pakistan Railways are operational in Risalpur and Islamabad for maintenance and repair services.

Pakistan also invited Turkey to invest in Pakistani Projects, Quetta-Taftan railway line is one of four main railway lines in Pakistan operated and maintained by Pakistan Railways. The line begins from Quetta station and ends at Koh-e-Taftan station.The total length of this railway line is 325 kilometres. There are 23 railway stations from Queta to Koh-e-Taftan. The line then crosses into Iran and extends to Zahedan.
Muhammad Aftab Akbar, Chief Executive Office Pakistan Railways, Muhammad Tahir, General Manager M&S, Zubair Shafi Ghauri, Additional General Manager Traffic, Ejaz Ejaz Burero, Additional General Manager Mechanical, Nisar Memon, Chief Engineer Open Line,and other senior officials attended the meeting