Railways plan to rebuild British-era railway track at Torkham

ISLAMABAD: Reconstruction of British-era railway track at Torkham leading to Afghanistan by Ministry of Railways would help bring more opportunities for business community on both sides of the Durand Line.

The local administration has already given notice to shopkeepers and other encroachers along the railway track to vacate Pakistan Railways property shortly so that restoration work can begin, sources in the Ministry told reporter.

The sources said that a high level delegation of Pakistan Railways had also visited the dilapidated track recently, in order to check either this project is workable or not.

“The purpose of the visit was to start work on restoration of the Peshawar-Torkham railway track,” the sources added.

During the visit, they said that local administration was briefed about the overall conditions of the historical railway track and the security situation.

More than a 100 years old, the 52 kilometer long Peshawar to Landi Kotal railway track has been abandoned owing to the security situation and lack of interest by the previous governments.

Running along the historic Khyber Pass Route, the track had been built between 1901 and 1925 and it was declared as the ‘lifeline of connectivity.’