LAHORE - The state-owned enterprise of National Engineering Services Pakistan (Nespak) is going to renovate and upgrade five historical railway stations , besides developing new model cities along with these historical railway stations’ buildings with private investment .
The survey, demarcation and master plan is in progress. After the approval of the minister the Nespak will prepare a business model to generate capital for the development of these cities on thousands of kanals of railway land which is presently giving no benefit, stated the Nespak MD Amjad A. Khan. Talking to The Nation, he said that in first stage five railway stations including Narowal, Nankana Sahib, Karachi Cant, Sahiwal and Hasan Abdal, will be renovated which desperately needed redevelopment due to lack of missing facilities and deteriorating condition of existing buildings as well as allied infrastructure. The salient features of uplift plans include renovation of existing stations and platforms, complete area redevelopment, commercial use of available land by setting up commercial plazas, marriage halls, cinema houses, ¾ star hotels, improvement of infrastructure, widening of existing road networks and renovation of staff colonies.
He made it clear that no fund will be allocated for this development as the railways itself will generate money through private investment . Purpose of this land development is the identification of railways land which have been occupied for a long time, besides generating revenue and attracting new passengers. 
Amjad Khan stated that the plan may be completed within just 2-3 years. He said that Nespak team has held3 meetings with railway minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq in this regard. He said that Nespak has set up a special cell to handle this project and staff is visiting those stations which will be uplifted, without damaging their historical impression.  “We have also gave several detailed presentation on the existing plight of the railway stations including the proposed facilities include air-conditioned restaurants, waiting lounges, kiosks, fast food outlets and recreational parks. We have prepared redevelopment and improvement schemes for these railway stations on modern lines. Our scope of work will consist of master planning, architectural, engineering and landscape designs and construction supervision.”
He said that in the second phase, stations of Kotlakhpat, Gujranwala, Bahawalpur, Pishawar and Quetta will also be developed on this pattern. Here also the occupied land of railways will be retrieved and a beautiful model city will be set up around these stations without spending the money of railways. The projects will also generate employment on a large scale besides creating interest in the public to travel through trains.