Lahore Division of Pakistan Railways contemplate doubling of rail track up to border

चंडीगढ़ Chandigarh (CDG):  To give a much-needed impetus to the India-Pak train via rail route, Lahore division of Pakistan railways was working on a project for the construction of double line up to Attari border besides improvement of existing line. This was disclosed by divisional transport officer, Pakistan railways, Hamdan Nazir, while talking to Indian media personnel upon his arrival here on Saturday. Nazir is part of two member high-level delegation of Pakistan railways that has arrived to attend a conference at National Academy of Indian Railways and hold meeting with senior officials of Indian railways.

He said that Lahore division of Pak railways had even made a project and had submitted at their headquarters. When asked about the containerized movement of cargo between the two nations, he said that railway departments of both nations would be holding meeting in October to decide on the containerized movement of goods across the border. “We are yet to see whether both sides are ready for it or not” he said.

Talking about security concerns especially smuggling of narcotics from Pakistan on goods train, he said “Security is no doubt a serious concern and we have already taken it up” . He said that a couple of months ago, the incidents of narcotics had come to their notice. “We had slowed down traffic to inspect” he said.

Another senior official of Pak railways, Arshad Salam Khattak, said that for now, they had come to attend the conference but there would certainly be exchange of ideas. He, however, stressed on regular meetings of officials of both sides. “Mutual contacts at any level between people of two countries will beneficial and regular meetings will develop better understanding,” he said. Meanwhile, security officials recovered 13 kilogram of Heroin from a goods train that arrived from Pakistan. In the past, there had been instances of smuggling of narcotics concealed in commercial goods.