ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways has retrieved around 27,04,750 acres land from illegal occupant. An official of Pakistan Railways told that anti-encroachment campaign was initiated in February last year and 2537.166 acres land out of total 5662.667 acres encroached land at that time has been retrieved upto June 23, 2013.
As result of a fresh campaign started on June 24, 2013 another 172.350 acres land has been retrieved so far by PR. He said efforts were underway to retrieve the remaining encroached land. To a question, he said, total length of railway track in Balochistan is 1202 kilometers and no new railway track was laid in the province during the last five years.
To another question, he said, feasibility study to link Deep Sea Gwadar Port with existing railway network has been completed.
The proposed route of Gwadar-Turbat-Hoshab- Panjgur-Basima-Surab-Mastung is 901 kilometers in length and Rs.180.163 billion has been submitted to Planning Commission for approval. He said feasibility study for restoration of 295 kilometers Bostan-Zhob and its further extension of 210 kilometers from Zhob to Kotia Jam via D.I. Khan has been completed.