LAHORE: Pakistan Railways (PR) is planning to lay track to link Karachi to Gwadar seaport to facilitate traders.
Sources said that the PR is also working on restoration of ECO train for Turkey via Tuftan and Zahdan. The train will help traders to transport their goods through train to Turkey, Iran, India and Pakistan. The new track will fulfill the needs of traders for transportation of goods to Gwadar in future.
Moreover, the PR was in contact with China for preparing studies for construction of Khuzdar, Baseemah, Jacobabad and Dera Ghazi Khan main line (ML-2) and China would finalise the studies till the end of December 2015. China will bear all expenditures of the study for laying the new railway line.
The PR is focusing on speeding up revenue generating activities under the direction of Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique. The department is also planning to construct a dry port for container-holding at Havelian near Abbotabad for facilitating trade with China. After construction of the port, about two million tons of goods could be transported between Khunjrab and Havelian.