The Pakistan Institute of Development Economy (PIDE) said the much-anticipated project Mainline-1 or ML-1 would significantly reduce travel time between cities.
This information was shared during the PIDE webinar on the impact of the ML-1 project on the Pakistan Railway (PR) on Tuesday.
The project is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and involves the complete rehabilitation of 1,680 km trains from Karachi to Peshawar.
After the development, train speeds are expected to increase from 65 to 105 km / h to 120-160 km / h, which will significantly reduce travel times.
Under the project, an electronic signature and control system, as well as distances will ensure the safety of the railways will be introduced.
According to a document distributed during the PIDE website, the ML-1 project will reduce travel time between Karachi and Lahore from 18 hours to 10 hours. Here’s how this project will affect travel time between cities:
|Reduction of Journey Time After Completion of ML-1 Project|
|Between Cities||Journey Time Reduction (hours)|
|Karachi – Lahore||18:00 to 10:00|
|Lahore – Multan||5:00 to 3:00|
|Islamabad – Lahore||4:00 to 2:30|
|Peshawar – Islamabad||3:45 to 1:45|
|Karachi – Hyderabad||2:00 to 1:20|
PR Deputy Chief Marketing Officer, Tariq Anwar Sipra, who was one of the speakers at the webinar, shared details of various projects under ML-1, including estimated cost and performance.
According to Sipra, who works as a Traffic Specialist, the Project Implementation Unit ML-1, will be located 183 km long from Nawabshah to Rohri, a 339-km track from Multan to Lahore, 132-km from Lahore to Lalamusa, a 52- track km from Kaluwal to Pandora. These projects will cost $ 2,705 million and are estimated to be completed within five years.
In addition, a 183-km track will be parked from Keamari (Karachi) to Hyderabad, and a 566-km track from Hyderabad to Multan, excluding the Nawabshah-Rohri track. The project will be completed in seven years for $ 2,675 million.
The final package includes a 105-km track from Lalamusa to Rawalpindi and a 174-km track from Rawalpindi to Peshawar and the establishment of Dry Port for $ 1,376 million.
All of these tasks will start simultaneously and will be completed on time, he added.