Pakistan to Procure 230 Coaches as Turkey Eyes Rail Investment

Pakistan forges ahead with rail modernisation with planned rolling stock acquisition and opening up to direct investment in rail revival.

Pakistan Railways (PR) has decided to acquire 230 long-distance passenger coaches, 20 brake vans, and 800 high capacity wagons in order to meet the increased demand after launching new trains and increase revenues.

Meanwhile, a Turkish delegation was in Pakistan to explore railway investment in the country.

According to local media reports,Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has announced that local manufacturing of the passenger coaches will start next year while domestic production of locomotives will also start in the next phase.

According to the sources, 230 long-distance passenger coaches will include 80 economy-class coaches, 30 parlor cars, 80 AC coaches, 20 luggage cars, and 20 brake vehicles.

Whereas, 800 high-capacity wagons and 20 brake vans will include 200 covered wagons (40 CBU, 160 CKD), 300 high-sided open top wagons (230 CKD, 70 CBU), 300 container wagons, and 20 bogie brake vans.

The ministry intends to involve international manufacturers for the provision of the said passenger coaches, high-capacity wagons, and brake vans. Reportedly, the ministry had launched a worldwide tender on January 21, which remains open till March 7.

Moreover, the ministry has proposed Rs. 5.118 billion for rolling stock availability projects that include Rs. 1.424 billion for locomotives and Rs. 3.69 billion for wagons and carriages under the Public Sector Development (PSPD) for 2019-20.

Pakistan has invited Turkey to investment on Quetta-Taftan and Quetta-Gwadar Railway section to fully connect the port with other parts of the region including Central Asia.

This was confirmed by Ali Nawaz Malik, spokesperson for Pakistan Railways, after an eight-member delegation of Turkish State Railway companies, Talamsas and Raymisas, recently visited the Ministry. The delegation also met Railways Minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad.

Malik said that Turkey has shown interest to help upgrade Pakistan Railways and its operations.

Railways Minister apprised the delegation of the policies of the Pakistan Railways. He also invited the delegation to invest in Pakistan. He said both the countries had brotherly relations and that “Turk companies must come here and make an investment.”

Sheikh Rashid said that Pakistan is upgrading its rail network with international partnership. He welcomed Turkish interest in Pakistan’s Railways. He said all projects of Pakistan railways are open for Turkish companies and they are ready to work with them.

He said Pakistan will definitely benefit from the Turkish expertise and experience for up-gradation of Risalpur Locomotive and Railway carriage factories. The Railways Minister said the entire region could be connected through railways which will usher in a new era of development. The Turkish delegation will visit different facilities of Pakistan Railways during its five-day tour.

During the discussion, Rasheed Ahmed said that the government is planning to construct Quetta-Taftan and Quetta-Gwadar section on modern lines. Turkish investment on the project would be welcomed as it would enhance regional connectivity, investment, economic and trade relations, the minister added.

Quetta–Taftan Railway Line is one of the four main railway lines in Pakistan operated and maintained by Pakistan Railways. The line begins from Quetta station and ends at Koh-e-Taftan station.

The total length of this railway line is 325 kilometers. There are 23 railway stations from Quetta to Koh-e-Taftan. The line then crosses into Iran and extends to Zahedan.

Pakistan will also benefit from the experience of Turkey and it will be beneficial for economies of both the countries

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