The hurdles in the path of #Pakistan #Railway‘s long-awaited flagship project, Main Line-1, have been apparently been overcome, renewing hopes of revamping the country’s dilapidated train infrastructure of the colonial era.
ML-1, which is expected to be executed at a cost of $8.2 billion in five years, has been cleared by the Ministry of Planning and Development, after Railways Minister Shiekh Rashid expressed his reservations over the slow progress of this strategically important project under the #China-#Pakistan Economic Corridor (#CPEC).
On his recent visit to China, the railways minister announced in Beijing that the ML-1 project had been finalised. Railways Chief Executive Officer Aijaz Ahmad Buriro said he was hopeful that the project would start materialising soon. “The framework of the project has already been signed and we have already sent its PC-1 to the Ministry of Planning and Development,” Buriro said told The Express Tribune.
“It is an important project for us as its completion will help us manage train operations smoothly for the next 150 years,” he added.