Railways to connect Havelian with Khunjrab under CPEC

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan Railways will conduct the feasibility study for connecting Havelian with Khunjrab under Pak-China rail link project of China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The proposed rail link is part of railway Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) year 2017-18, an official in the Ministry of Railways told reporter.

He said the length of the rail link from Havelian to Khunjrab is 682 kilometers and the project included the construction of railway stations, substations, parking facilities and related infrastructure and the installation of signals and safety systems.

The official said the actual cost of the project would be worked out after detailed feasibility study and design of the project.

In order to maximize the international trade potential between China, Pakistan and beyond, it is considered imperative to provide access to the Arabian Sea, he added.

Accordingly the long term vision envisages connectivity of proposed Havelian-Khunjrab rail link with Gwadar through ML-2 and onwards from Jacobabad to Khuzdar, Besima, Panjgur, Hoshab and Turbat under CPEC.