Rawalpindi: The authorities concerned on Sunday revealed that the Leh Expressway would feature a 100km-long Islamabad-Rawalpindi Circular Railway line, a news source reported. To this effect, the Punjab government and the Capital Development Authority (CDA) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Chinese construction company.
The Islamabad-Rawalpindi Circular Railway line would fall between the twin cities and the New Islamabad Airport. Based on Clean and Green initiative, the project would not use petrol or diesel, and run completely on electricity instead. The track would run beside the Leh Expressway and all the industrial units and localities would connect to it.
Officials stated that the services would be quite affordable and the route would be from Saddar to Pak Secretariat and end at the airport. It will feature mini stations on all significant points along this route.
Project Focal Person Mir Atiq ur Rehman revealed that the feasibility study for the track was underway and would reach completion by February 28, 2021. He added that following the study’s completion, they would forward the project to Working Group JCC – with possibility of inclusion in CPEC. He said that construction work would also begin next year.