Peshawar to Uzbekistan railway track project delayed

A meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Railways was held at Parliament Lodges under the chairmanship of Senator Muhammad Qasim.

Review of the implementation report on the recommendations of the last committee meeting held on June 21 and August 12, 2021 in the meeting of the Standing Committee, June 7, 2021.

If there have been railway accidents then their nature, causes and steps taken by the railways to avoid such accidents in future, steps taken by Pakistan Railways on the inquiry report of Ghotki train accident on June 7, 2021, province. The briefing on the cases of regularization of 10 sub-engineers from Balochistan, the matter sent by the Chairman of the Senate for the application of Zerco Company for Self Exploratory and the question No. 17 raised by Senator Dinesh Kumar in the Senate session on 14 July 2021 were reviewed.

Question No. 17 raised by Senator Dinesh Kumar in the Senate meeting on July 14, 2021 was reviewed in detail in the meeting of the Standing Committee. 90% work has been completed in Harnai and Sibi sectors. The Quetta to Chaman train is also running weekly and with it the Zahedan train from Quetta. Akbar Bugti Express has been suspended for 3 months. The Secretary Railways informed the committee that two new trains would run for Quetta after the arrival of new coaches. Senator Dinesh Kumar had questioned the inclusion of Quetta in the ML-1 project. In the committee meeting, the Secretary Railways informed that the C-Pack project will be completed in a period of 8 and a half years. Quetta is not part of ML-1 but in long term C-Pack projects

In the meeting of the Standing Committee, Federal Minister for Railways Senator Azam Khan Swati said that our strategic relationship is with China and C-Pac is a national project. Without Gwadar, Pakistan cannot develop and efforts are being made to run small trains inside Quetta to facilitate the common man. We are going to run trains for Quetta through outsourcing in which all railway operations except track and operation will be outsourced. Senator Naseebullah Baazi said that Pakistan Railways used to run a night train from Quetta to Karachi in 1998 which has now been closed.

The report of implementation of the recommendations of the meetings of June 21 and August 12, 2021 was reviewed in detail in the meeting of the Standing Committee. C-1 has been approved and work will begin soon. Regarding the steps taken to lay Uzbek railway track from Peshawar as per the instructions of the committee, the Secretary Railways said that the survey of this project is pending but this project is one of our top priorities.

In the meeting of the Standing Committee, if railway accidents have occurred after June 2021, their nature, causes and steps taken by the Railways to avoid such accidents in future and on the inquiry report of Ghotki train accident on June 7, 2021 to Pakistan Railways. The steps taken by the government were reviewed in detail. It was informed in the committee meeting that since June 7, 2021, there have been 39 railway accidents. Out of which 21 passenger trains, 8 in Karachi, 4 in Lahore, 3 in Multan, one in Quetta and one in Ralpindi and one in Sukkur. The Ministry of Railways is taking various steps to prevent accidents, out of which training and courses are also being conducted. Pakistan Railways officials regularly inspect the railway track. Special instructions are issued on a monthly basis to guide the staff and other measures are being taken with special focus on all railway crossing points. June 7, 2021 Ghotki train accident

Regarding regularization of 10 sub-engineers from Balochistan province, the committee was informed that these employees have been given one more year contract and Ministry of Railways is considering to regularize the matter on three-year contract. The matter was reviewed by the Chairman of the Senate on the issue of Zirco Company’s request for Self Exploratory. The Railway Secretary said that the railway land in Faisalabad was leased. Railway land was leased in 2002. When the work was started by Badar, the work was stopped by TMA Faisalabad and his contract was terminated by Railways due to non-payment of railway dues. On which the concerned company took stay order from the High Court. The Ministry of Railways is trying to resolve the issue legally.

In today’s meeting of the committee besides Deputy Chairman Senate Mirza Muhammad Afridi, Senators Rana Mahmood Al Hassan, Saifullah Sarwar Khan Niazi, Dost Muhammad Khan, Dr Zarqa Suhrawardy Teymour, Naseebullah Baazi, Dinesh Kumar, Federal Minister for Railways Senator Azam Khan Swati. Secretary Railways and other senior officials attended.

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