PR No. 65 IMPLEMENTATION OF UP GRADATION OF ML I AND METHODOLOGY OF FINANCING WERE DISCUSSED DURING VISIT OF NDRC AND NRA, CHINA Islamabad
A meeting was held in Ministry of Railways between Kh. Saad Rafique, Federal Minister for Railways and Mr. Li Xuedoung, DG National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China. A delegation from Beijing based National Railway Administration (NRA) was also present on Tuesday .The agenda of the meeting was to focus on implementation of up gradation of ML I and methodology of financing.
During the meeting Mr. Li Xuedoung said that work on CPEC projects had seen positive progress over the past three years. The ML I up-gradation plan joining Peshawar to Karachi formed a significant part of CPEC’s improvement and it would benefit people especially along the route and contribute to economic and social development of Pakistan. ML I is Key priority on the working agenda and NDRC takes a complete view of the venture which is a huge up-gradation project, he added. He said that NDRC would make its due contribution to CPEC’s development. According to Kh. Saad Rafique, MLI project will engender employment. It will also speed up the development in the Country.
NDRC and NRA is helping Pakistan Railways in rehabilitation/improvement of existing track that will follow the existing alignment except at locations where sharp curves are to be eased out or eliminated to allow higher speed up to 140 Km/h. This delegation will inspect sections of Lahore-Multan and Lahore- Rawalpindi.