Upgradation of ML-1 would escalate train’s speed by 160 km/h: Saad Rafique

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Thursday has said that train’s speed will increase by 160 kilometer per hour due to upgradation of ML-1.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Saad Rafique said that China has agreed to provide a long term loan on most favorable terms for the upgradation of ML-1 from Karachi to Peshawar.

He said that ML-1 is an important component of multi billion dollars China Pakistan Economic Corridor project. He said both China and Pakistan have also established working groups for discussion on upgradation of the rail line. These negotiations will start by the midst of this month.

The Minister for Railways said that three other projects including Karachi Circular, Peshawar Mass Transit and Quetta Mass Transit projects have also been included in the CPEC.

He said that the infrastructure of Pakistan Railways will be used for the execution of the three projects. He assured that the federal government will extend full support including technical one for the completion of these projects.