Revised PC-I of ML-1 project approved

ISLAMABAD: A significant milestone has been reached with the Central Development Working Party’s (CDWP) endorsement of the upgraded PC-I for the ML-1 railway scheme, integral to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and estimated at $6.7 billion, as reported by ARY News.

The above-mentioned body has taken steps to move the project forward to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for its ultimate sanctioning.

Additionally, the Havelian Dry Port endeavor has been included within the wider scope of the ML-1 project.

At the same time, the CDWP granted approval for seven smaller projects valued at Rs 82.2 billion and recommended three initiatives totaling Rs 9.2 billion to ECNEC for their consent.

Both the Muzaffarabad-Mansehra Expressway, costing Rs 58 billion, and the Mirpur-Mangla Road initiative, totaling Rs 9.2 billion, are awaiting ECNEC’s approval.

Further Information: Future of ML-1 Project Sees China’s NRA Eager for Joint Work with Pakistan Railways

Previously, the National Railway Administration (NRA) of China expressed determination to work hand in hand with Pakistan Railways for the commencement of the ML-I project’s on-the-ground activities.

The government of China has given its full endorsement to the ML-1 initiative and both nations are steadfast in their joint quest to ensure its expeditious fruition.

The planned enhancements of the ML-1 project are set to revolutionize Pakistan’s train systems, symbolizing a collaborative commitment between the two countries for its rapid advancement.

Details on the ML-1 Project

Marked as Pakistan’s first modern railway venture, the project will not only revamp but also expand the 1733-kilometer track spanning from Karachi to Peshawar. It includes the introduction of contemporary signalling as well as telecommunication systems.

Additional features of the project encompass total grade separations, extensive fencing, and substantially decreased travel times—10 hours for Karachi to Lahore, 2 hours and 45 minutes for Lahore to Rawalpindi, and 14 hours and 30 minutes for Karachi to Peshawar.

Work encompasses the construction of tracks tying together various critical junctures such as Nawabshah to Rohri, Multan to Lahore, Lahore to Lalamusa, Kemari to Hyderabad, Hyderabad to Multan, Lalamusa to Rawalpindi, Rawalpindi to Peshawar, and the integration of the Havelian Dry Port.

With the track upgrades in place, train velocities are anticipated to reach 140 kilometers per hour. The project also anticipates the construction of 2,096 bridges/culverts, 1,300 kilometers of fencing, and 165 out of 631-grade separations.

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