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ADB shows interest in upgradation of Pakistan Railways


ISLAMABAD: An Asian Development Bank (ADB) delegation, headed by Ko Sakamovo, Transport Specialist, visited Ministry of Railways on Tuesday.
According to an official statement here, ADB showed interest in up gradation of Pakistan Railways.
It is providing technical assistance to PR through Pakistan Railways Strategic Plan (PRSP).On the other hand Pakistan Railways showed interest if ADB can help in replacing its old fleet of locomotives in next 10 years and procurement of passenger and freight wagons.
PR also showed interest in upgrading ML 2, ML 3, branch lines (Shangla and Shorkot Section) and connectivity of Gwader to Besima through railway line. The meeting was attended by Javed Anwar, Chairman, Ministry of Railways, Maryam Gillani, DG Operations, Munawar Ali Shah, DG Technical and M. Yusuf, DG Planning.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Railways will be upgraded and renovated as many as 31 railways stations at an estimated cost of Rs. 2972.95 million across the country for provision better facilities to the passengers.
An official of the Ministry of Railways said that Pakistan Railways has submitted PC-I for approval to rehabilitation and upgradation of the railways stations in this regard.
Giving details of the railway stations, he said that Pakistan Railways will be upgraded nine railway stations in Punjab province, 12 in Sindh, five in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, three in Balochistan and one in Federal Capital.
The official said that Pakistan Railways will spend Rs977.32 million for upgradation of railway in Punjab, Rs1242.93 million in Sindh, Rs442.71 million in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Rs 243.49 million in Balochistan and Rs 66.5 million in Federal Capital.
He said that Pakistan Railways has incurred Rs 144.605 million on the repair, renovation and re-construction of railway stations across the country during the period 1-1-2012 to 31-12-2014.
“Out of total amount Pakistan Railways has spent Rs 86.556million on repair and renovation of railway stations in Punjab, Rs 57.278 million in Sindh, Rs 0.371 million in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Rs 0.400 million in Balochistan,” he added.
To a question, the official said that renovation of work of track, bridges and stations on Sibi-Khost Section is in progress and will be completed as soon as possible.
He said that the renovation work on the section included rehabilitation of 8 railway stations on at an estimated cost of Rs. 238 million, out of which an amount of Rs. 155 million has been incurred so far. – NNI


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