Pakistan Railways is working to improve rail connectivity with Karachi Port Trust, Bin Qasim and Gwadar ports for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said Ministry of Railways Chairperson Parveen Agha.
For this purpose Pakistan Railways is working on doubling and improving the existing track from Port Qasim to Bin Qaim. For “the new track, 10.30 km out of 13 km is completed. The extension/construction of 5 bridges has been started on the track. There is 85% of cumulative financial progress on this project,” Parveen Agha said.
Other plans include railway track extension up to the pilot gate of Karachi Port Trust. This track will be adjacent to the Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT). It was also decided that South Asia Pakistan Terminal Limited (SAPT) within the Port of Karachi has to provide vertical and horizontal coordinates for constructing 1.1 km of track.
The Pakistan International Bulk Terminal (PIBT) at Port Qasim is also interested in the creation of a state of the art freight station for the Pakistan Railway.
The statements and decisions were made at the Second Inter-Ministerial Meeting on improvement of connectivity with ports.