» Feasibility study and design of Pakistan Railways Main Line-3

Synopsis:

Successfully concluded Pakistani Railway ML3 project Feasibility study as major part of CPEC project. It is considered backbone of Pakistan economy ; a dual guage railway line from Rohri to Quetta ending at TAFTAN (Iran border) measuring 1022 Km and from Quetta to Kotla-Jam 528 KM long up-gradation. The construction cost is estimated at 18.6 Billion US dollars will directly employ 200,000 and upto 400,000 people Indirectly. This is one of major contribution to kickstart Pakistan economy. Upon completion passengers can travel and enjoy speeds of upto 160km/h with state of the art stations and yards along the way.

 Pakistan Railway ML-3

Pakistan Railway ML-3

Narrative Description of Project:

The national railway network of Pakistan had initially taken shape before independence in 1947. However, due to system, fund, management and such reasons since foundation of the country, the railway construction remained stagnant for a long term. This project is a significant part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Pakistan Railways has now decided to get the existing feasibility study of linking Quetta with Kotla Jam via Bostan, Zhob and D.I. Khan updated (528KM), by re-designing the infrastructure for the design speed of 160km/hr and axle load of 25 tonnes &  Quetta To Taftan Railway (1028 KM) is the only main railway route from east to west in Pakistan, and proposed to be carried out under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as part of the rehabilitation / upgradation of sections included in ML-3 Project in order to achieve higher level of service.

Pakistan railway layout is unbalanced, north-south routes are much more than east- west routes. Improvement of the existing railway track and construction of the new track will greatly shorten down the duration of freight transport, lower down the cost and will definitely have important significance to the economy.

Description of actual services:

Pakistan Railways decided to a carry out a feasibility study for the upgradation/rehabilitation of the track structure for the increased speed of 160 km/hr and axle loads of 25 tonnes.

SES was responsible for carrying out necessary condition surveys works and studies for complete railway infrastructure and system designs required for the preparation of the design reports. All the infrastructure including right of way shall be proposed for double railway track

Upon its reconstruction and expansion, transport capacity and service quality of the railway will be greatly promoted. Then, it will actively promote and improve the development and utilization of land and tourism resources along the line and play a significant role in industrial & agricultural development and optimization & adjustment of industrial layout along the line.