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An official said that several power generation and road upgradation projects have already been completed under CPEC but ML-I is an important component of CPEC.
According to details, the Chinese government is also investing 6. 6.8 billion in the ML-1 project, which provides for the upgrading and doubling of railway tracks under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The 1,872km track is expected to create 24,000 jobs from Peshawar to Karachi and increase train speeds to 160km / h.
The railway line will be upgraded from Karachi to Peshawar and from Taxila to Havelian, while a new track will be laid with a sub-grade of 160 km per hour. Bridges will also be rehabilitated and built. This mega project is a clear example of Pak-China friendship.
In addition to providing modern signaling and telecom systems, level crossing in underpasses or flyovers, fencing of tracks, setting up of a dry port near mansions and upgrading of Walton Training Academy (Lahore) are also major projects. Are components. . Completion of the project will not only create direct jobs (20,000 local laborers / technicians and 4,000 Chinese specialists) but will also reduce travel time between Karachi and Lahore from 18 to 10 hours.
According to official information, the capacity of the line will also be increased from 34 trains per day to 170 trains per day and the speed of freight trains to 120 km per hour. Pakistan Railways is a state-owned enterprise and has not been a for-profit entity since private transport provided better services in the early 2000s. However, the ML-1 project promises to promote the development of railways in Pakistan.
Given its importance, the government, through the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC), approved projects worth 8 8.8 billion on a contribution basis, as Beijing is the main financier. Is. The projects include packages, the first of which involves the construction of the first 527 km long railway track, which will be completed by 2024 in Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Lahore, and the second and third project, the 251 km long track between Lahore and Hyderabad and 740 Is very important in upgrading. He added that Rawalpindi is a kilometer between Peshawar and Hyderabad Multan respectively.
Upon completion, he said, the project would create economic opportunities for day laborers at the main train stations in major cities. Upon completion, it will also attract foreign investment. Furthermore, the official said that the project would be a catalyst for the development of the tourism sector by facilitating the movement of people as the present government aims to revive Pakistan’s tourism industry.
Pakistan will connect China with West Asia and Africa through its Gwadar port. All goods coming from China will be taken with Pakistan’s own goods. He further said that timely completion of ML-1 is in the best economic interest of Pakistan as well as China.
He said that by 2030, the railway would provide direct access to Chinese and East Asian goods at the Pakistani seaports of Karachi and Gwadar.
The official said that at present Pakistan Railways accounts for four (4) per cent of the freight traffic in the country but after the completion of CPEC, 20 per cent of the country’s freight traffic is expected to be transported by Pakistan Railways.
In addition to upgrading the ML-I, the CPEC project will cover the 1,254 km long Main Line II (ML) between Kotri in Sindh Province, and through the cities of Larkana and Dera in Attock District of North Punjab. (Ii) Similar major upgrades have been demanded on the railways. Ghazi Khan
The route to northern Pakistan is parallel to that of the Indus, compared to ML1, which runs further east towards Lahore. The project also includes a plan to connect Gwadar with Jacobabad, Sindh, at the intersection of ML-II and ML-III railways.