Karachi to Lahore travel time to reduce by 7 hours through ML 1 railway track

Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said Main Line-1 track will help control railways accidents and generate jobs for hundreds and thousands of youth, here on Friday.

The Minister was addressing a news conference in Islamabad today, he said Executive Committee of National Economic Council will likely to approve ML-1 project this month.

ML -1 track will be a crossing free track, which will reduce travel time from Karachi to Lahore to seven hours, while it will take two hours from Rawalpindi to Lahore.

Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said ML-1 will enable trains to run at a speed of 160 kilometers per hour, which can be further extended to 200 kilometers per hour.

The Minister said ML-1 is a revolutionary project to be completed by the PTI government and will revamp the entire structure of Pakistan Railways.

He said 10 per cent of technical staff like engineers will come from China, while the rest of the workforce will be from Pakistan to accomplish this project. He said the multibillion-project will be completed from five to eight years with Chinese help.