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PR No.5 Islamabad

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was briefed by Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique regarding railway projects included in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at PM House Islamabad today.

Minister Railways briefed that Sukkur railway station will be included in the list of projects proposed to be built under CPEC arrangements. Minister Railways also apprised the PM that local architectural heritage would be reflected in the up gradation of the buildings of Narowal and other railway stations and the main building of Narowal Station would be completed within 18 months.

Regarding the railway lands, PM was briefed that the commercial potential of the Railways land surrounding the stations will be fully utilized by building commercial plazas, shopping malls, marquees, hotels, cinemas, food streets etc. to generate income for Railways and to contribute to the development of the local areas.

It was proposed in the briefing that that the Government of the Punjab may construct allied facilities falling in the provincial domain such as feeding roads, sewerage systems etc from its own resources.

Prime Minister directed Ministry of Railways to submit a construction and financial plan for the execution of the Islamabad-Muzaffarabad Railway link as single project, rather than two, within the shortest possible timeframe.

The briefing was also attended by Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Minister for Planning & Development, Mr. Javaid Aslam Secretary PM Office, Mr. Khizar Hayat Gondal Chief Secretary Punjab, Mrs. Parveen Agha Federal Secretary Railways, Mr. Yousaf Naseem Khokhar Federal Secretary Planning & Development, Mr. Amjad Ali Khan MD NESPAK and other senior officers from PM Office, Ministries of Railways and Planning & Development.

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