Pakistan Railway to seek French assistance in Rail improvement: Sheikh Rashid
Online News: 24th August, 2006
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed Wednesday said that Pakistan would seek international expertise and assistance in brining railway at par with the international standards.
He observed this while talking to French Minister Counsellor for Pakistan Mr Philipe Casenave who called on him along with Commercial Counsellor Jean Phillipe Quercy in his office.
The minister said that Pakistan Railway was keenly interested to avail the modern technology of Europe in terms of locomotives, singing system and rail track and would like to go into joint ventures with French in order to bring improvements in Railway network and operation across the country.
The minister asked the French counsellor to participate in the feasibility study pf laying of high speed track between Rawalpindi and Lahore. He said that Pakistan Railways intend to run bullet train between these cities of over 60 million populations. He said that Mass Transit authority is being established shortly to set up rail transit system in major cities.
"the French having rich experience in transit system should assist Pakistan railways in this ambitious initiative," he told.
Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told the Counsellor that the execution of work on doubling of rail track on Khanewal-Lahore section has been started in collaboration with Frontier Works Organization (FWO) which will be completed in one year. The completion of the project would bring a revolutionary change in the culture of Pakistan Railways. This will prove not only a catalyst in improving the train timings but also enhance the dependence of trains in terms of communication besides bringing efficiency and strength in the railways," the minister added.