Islamabad: Pakistan Railway has planned to start an intercity shuttle train service in major cities of Punjab with cooperation of the provincial government.
On the directive of Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique, the train service would run between Lahore-Gujranwala, Lahore-Faisalabad, Lahore-Narowal-Sialkot and Lahore-Okara sections.
After the completion of study on the routes, work on the projects will start. Pakistan Railways is also drawing an outline for transportation of 12 million ton coal for future power generation projects to be constructed at Jamshoro, Qadirabad, Sahiwal, Sundar and Faisalabad with the cooperation of China to overcome the energy crisis.
The Pakistan Railways will also provide coal transport vans for power generation plants to be set up by the private sector.
Under a plan to revive the department, the Railways is in dialogue with the Chinese government to upgrade ML-1 (main-line one) which connects Karachi via Rohri, Khanewal, Lahore, Lalamusa and Rawalpindi.
It is expected that PC-1 of the project would be completed till the end of the current year at the expense of China. After the restoration of ML-1, it will be possible to operate trains at 120 km/hour instead of a restricted speed limit.