Major rail upgrade announced as part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Route of China Pakistan Economic CorridorPakistan’s government is planning a major upgrade of the rail networks along and around the main China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), it said yesterday, with new tracks to be laid from Gwadar to Quetta and from Jacobabad via Besima. 560km of new track is also to be laid between Bostan and Kotla Jam and a further 682 km between Havelian and Khunjrab. The government is additionally planning to upgrade 1,872km of track between Karachi and Peshawar and to ‘dualise’ the Shahdara to Peshawar railway.
The CPEC is a 3,000-km network of roads, railways and pipelines whose principal purpose will be to transport oil and gas from the Baloch port of Gwadar to Kashgar city in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. It will also act as a bridge for the new Maritime Silk Route.