ISLAMABAD - The Ministry of Railways (PR) is planning to lay track to link Karachi with Gwadar seaport to facilitate traders and generate revenue and reduce deficit of the organization.
The new track would fulfil the needs of transportation of goods to Gwadar in future, an official source in the Ministry of Railways told APP here.
Moreover, the Railways was in contact with China for preparing studies for construction of Khuzdar, Baseemah, Jacobabad and Dera Ghazi Khan main line (ML-2), he added. The official source said that China would finalise the studies till the end of December 2015 and will bear all expenditures of the study of laying the new railway line. Pakistan Railways was focusing on speeding up revenue generating activities of the department under the direction of Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique. He said that Pakistan Railways is also working on restoration of ECO train for Turkey via Taftan and Zahidan.
The train will help traders to transport their goods through train to Turkey, Iran, India and Pakistan. The department is also planning to construct a dry port for container-holding at Havelian near Abbotabad for facilitating trade with China. After construction of the port, about two million tons of goods could be transported between Khunjrab and Havelian.