ISLAMABAD: Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has said that Main Line-1 (ML-1) track will help control railways accidents and generate jobs for hundreds and thousands of youth.
Addressing a press conference on Friday, the railways minister said that Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) is likely to approve ML-1 project this month.
He said that it 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.
Rasheed said that ML-1 will enable trains to run at a speed of 160 kilometres per hour, which can be further extended to 200 kilometres per hour. The minister said that ML-1 is a revolutionary project to be completed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government and will revamp the entire structure of Pakistan Railways.
He said that 10 per cent of technical staff like engineers will come from China, while rest of the work force will be from Pakistan to accomplish this project. He said the multibillion-dollar project will be completed from five to eight years with Chinese help.