Quetta-Taftan track to resume operations from Sep 30: Khawaja Saad Rafique

Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique stated that the Quetta-Taftan track, which was damaged at 104 locations, will be able to resume railway operations by September 30.

On Friday, during a news briefing in Quetta, he said the rail link between Quetta and the rest of Pakistan could not be immediately restored due to the collapse of a bridge in the Machh area of Bolan.

The minister claimed that recent floods cost Pakistan Railway billions of dollars in losses.

The Pakistan Railway, along with other organizations, including the army, was attempting to fix the bridge.

He said that the opening of the track for rail traffic will take some time.

As track construction was taking place, Rafique added that the Karachi railway section would be restored within the following several days.

He said that the Sibi-Harnai section’s construction was 90% finished.

In response to a separate question, Rafique stated that no progress had been made on the railway line project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor over the previous four years.

Mega railway projects, according to him, cannot be funded internationally. Regardless of who wins the election, the policy must be maintained in order to complete the most expensive projects.

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