In order to modernize its system, Pakistan Railways has decided to procure 230 high-speed passenger coaches and 820 freight vans.
Pakistan Railways, in the first phase, will procure 46 modern passenger coaches, while, in the second phase, 184 such coaches will be prepared at Carriage Factory Islamabad.
According to the report, the spokesperson stated that passenger coaches will include 80 compartments each for economy and air-conditioned class, 30 parlour cars, and 20 vans each for luggage and brake.
Two hundred freight vans will be imported, while 620 of such bogies will be prepared at the Railways factory, he added.
Earlier on Monday, Pakistan and China had agreed to accelerate efforts for early execution of Karachi-Peshawar Main Line-1 railway project.
The understanding came at a meeting between Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed and Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong in Islamabad. The two sides discussed bilateral relations and railway projects.
On Aug 5, the executive committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) had approved the project of Pakistan Railways for upgradation existing Mainline-1 (ML-1) and establishment of dry port near Havelian.
The project was approved at the rationalized cost of US$ 6,806.783 million, on a cost-sharing basis between the governments of China and Pakistan, according to a press statement issued by the Finance Ministry.