Pakistan to complete Gauge Conversion between Khanewal-Raiwind section by March 2016

Islamabad: Pakistan Railways will target its investments around locomotives, bogies, tracks, signalling systems, and improvement of existing railway stations.

Work on doubling of track from Khanewal to Raiwind, and from Shahdara to Lalamusa will be completed during the financial year 2015-16. Both of these tracks will cover major portions of the north-south mainline.  In coming years Pakistan Railways will aim to double the remaining tracks.

Strengthening and rehabilitation of one hundred and fifty-nine weak railway bridges will be completed by June 2017. Allocations have been made in the next year’s budget to add one hundred and seventy engines to the system through procurement while one hundred old engines will be repaired for use.

Similarly, around fifteen hundred new wagons and bogeys are also being arranged. Pakistan Railways is taking these steps to improve the travelling facilities for its passengers.

The government has allocated seventy-eight billion rupees for Pakistan Railways, of which forty-one billion rupees are in Public Sector Development Programme for 52 development projects.