ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railway has prepared the road map for imported coal transportation for six proposed power plants in Punjab province, ARY News reported.
A meeting to review logistics requirements for the cause co-chaired by Federal Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar and Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday in Prime Minister (PM) House.
Speaking on the occasion, Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique informed the participants that the Pakistan Railways has made initial study for route map in order to transport imported coal to six coal fired power plants to be set up in Punjab.
“Necessary work for double line from Karachi to Lahore is in progress”, he added.
Khawaja Saad Rafique informed that procurement of high traction locomotives and high capacity wagons would be required to meet the expected demand of transporting 36 million tons of coal per annum by year 2018 when all the coal fired power plants would be operational.
Ishaq Dar suggested to carry on work on the basis of public private partnership or joint ventures with the private sector for the transportation of coal as well as for lying of transmission lines.