ISLAMABAD, Oct 26 (APP): Pakistan Railways is all set to
double railway track from Khanewal to Raiwind and Shahdara to
Lalamusa during the financial year 2015-16.
An official in the Railways Ministry told APP
that strengthening and rehabilitation of around 159 weak railway
bridges will also be completed by June 2017.
Both of these tracks, he told, will cover major portions of
the north-south mainline as Pakistan Railways also aims to double
the remaining tracks in coming years.
He said Pakistan Railways is also planning to invest in
purchase of locomotives, bogies and rehabilitation of tracks,
signalling systems and improvement of existing railway stations.
The official said for this purpose it will implement
different projects during the next financial year on priority basis.
He said allocations have been made in the budget to add 177
locomotives to the system through procurement while 100 will be
Similarly around 1500 new wagons and bogeys are also being
arranged. Pakistan Railways is taking these steps to improve the
travelling facilities for its passengers, he added.
He said additional wagons for freight operations will be
procured and a feasibility study is also being commissioned to study
the possibility of a dedicated freight corridor.
In order to further enhance the convenience of travelling by
Pakistan Railways, special amounts have been earmarked to renovate
and upgrade railway stations in various cities, he informed.
Pakistan Railways, he said, also has a plan to start working
on important project that will lead to improvement of signaling
system on Lodhran-Khanpur-Kotri section and provision of centralized
traffic control, the official added.