Extending railway network to Gwadar can benefit CPEC

The feasibility study on connecting AJK to the main railway line via Murree was conducted in 2016. However it still remains valid for use. Work on it has been completed by an Austrian company, ILF Engineering.

In the study conducted three years back, the project’s estimated cost stood at Rs57 million. The project was however shelved after the study was conducted.

Under the plan, a track would be laid from Islamabad to Muzaffarabad, passing through Murree. The 108 kilometre track was to start at Margalla Railway Station.

Senior Railway officials said the government wants to extend the railway network to Gwadar. Former Kashmir Railways Committee CEO Ashfaq Khattak said, the extension of railway network to Gwadar and connection of Kashmir Line to Karakorum Highway would benefit China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The plan was to construct a dry port in Abbottabad and adjoining areas.

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