PESHAWAR, Dec 22 (APP):Federal Minister for Railways, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad has said that government is preparing a feasibility of laying a railway track from Jalalabd in neighboring Afghanistan to Peshawar.
He was addressing Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry here on Saturday.
He said that expansion of railways and commissioning of new
trains would boost economic activities in Peshawar as well as in the country. He
said that improvement of railway sector would also benefit people involve in
business in South Asia.
He said that government would launch a business train from
January 30 while a new VVIP train would start from January 23 adding a plan to
start train service form Dargai to Nowshera is under consideration.
He said that train service would be improved by removing
crossings from Peshawar to Karachi by constructing bridges on Railway track. He
said that an increase of 30 percent has been witnessed in number of passengers during
last three months.
Sheikh Rashid said that PTI achieved a remarkable accomplishment
by launching 20 trains in hundred days adding that is a record in world
He said that we have also launched tourist train from
Peshawar to historic railway station of Attock Khurd. He said that businessmen community
should support Pakistan Railway in matters relating to Azakhel Dry port adding
work on Peshawar old dry port is underway.
The minister said that a cargo train for the business community
is ready that would be launched in 60 days.
He said that the ministry of railway is ready to resolve all
the problems of business community relating to railway.