Shahid Ashraf Tarar, the interim federal minister for communication, railways, and shipping, recently said that the government is seeking financing for the Main Line-1 (ML-1) project’s Multan-Lahore portion. The government intends to ease this through the Build Operate and Transfer (BOT).
The choice made public at a thorough briefing when Secretary/Chairman Railways, Syed Mazhar Ali Shah, informed Minister Tarar of numerous critical elements about providing train services, operational effectiveness, financial considerations, and administrative matters.
Notably, Federal Minister Tarar emphasized the crucial role that passenger safety plays within the train system. He highlighted that the safety of passengers must always come first and uphold in all train operations. This dedication has prompted Pakistan Railways to take fast action and start effective efforts to improve passenger safety. The responsible departments have instructed to conduct safety audits and evaluations very away.
Within a limited timeframe of 7 days. These evaluations’ outcomes—including identified gaps, corrective measures, and recommendations—should be collated and presented.
Tarar emphasized the ML-1 project’s crucial position inside the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) while highlighting its strategic importance. He emphasized the need to move the ML-1 project forward proactively. Also reaffirmed the government’s steadfast commitment to hasten its realization.
The government’s adoption of the Build Operate and Transfer strategy for the ML-1 project’s Multan-Lahore section shows it is taking an innovative approach to infrastructure development. The government continues to clear the path for advancement in the railway transportation and connectivity field. With a strong emphasis on passenger safety and the strategic significance of the ML-1 project.