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PM to briefed on ML-1 projects and other matters today


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

28th Dec, 2020. 02:49 pm
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Prime Minister Imran Khan summoned on Monday a meeting to review progress on ML-1 projects and other matters related to improving railway sector.

According to the details, Railways Minister Azam Swati, advisers, federal ministers, chairman and officers of Pakistan Railways (PR) will attend the session in Islamabad.

The officials of Pakistan railway will give a briefing to the premier regarding the progress made on the ML-1 project.

Imran Khan is also expected to issue directives regarding the strategically important Mainline (ML-1) project during the session.

Back in August, the Premier said the ML-1 project is the most important project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as it will modernize and strengthen railways infrastructure besides creating employment opportunities for thousands of skilful persons.

He said the project will also foster industrial growth, facilitate businesses and bring in social and economic development. The premier had later directed to include Peshawar-Torkham section in ML-1 project while chairing a federal cabinet meeting.

The total length of this railway line is 1,687 kilometers (1,048 mi). There are 184 railway stations from Kiamari to Peshawar Cantonment on this line. The line serves as the main passenger and freight line of the country. 75% of the country’s cargo and passenger traffic uses the line.

The line is currently undergoing a six-year ₨886.68 billion (US$5.4 billion) upgrade and renovation as part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, with average rail speeds expected be doubled to 160 kilometers per hour upon completion.

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