Pakistan Railways ready to transport coal for power plants in Punjab

Islamabad – Pakistan railways will provide logistics services to supply 12 million ton coal for the power projects, running under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), for which an agreement has already been carried out between the government of Punjab and Pakistan Railways.

These power plants include 1320 MW Sahiwal Coal Power plant at Yousafwala, 1320 MW Rahim Yar Khan Coal Power Plant, 1320 MW Muzafargarh Coal Power Plant and 660 MW Jamshoro Coal Power Plant.

According to Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Pakistan’s Minister for Railways, “Pakistan railways has established a freight company for transportation to flourish the freight sector in the country”, making the freight sector more profitable and vibrant, the institution has purchased not only 2000-4000 horsepower modern locomotives from USA, but also purchased up-to-date harper wagons from China. Pakistan has also imported 55 modern locomotives for the transportation of coal, he added

Four years back Pakistan Railway was handling only 182 freight trains annually for transportation from the Karachi port. In 2017, this number has been increased to the total number of 3500, he added.

He further highlighted that government is working to bring railway out of crises without even increasing freight charges. Instead, we are offering new plans and better services for promotion of revenue generation.

 

By Naveed Jamal

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