Rawalpindi: A Chinese firm has announced its intention to conduct a project feasibility study to run a circular rail service between the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi along the Leh Expressway, according to the news sources.
The civic authorities, Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) and Capital Development Authority (CDA), will collaborate on this project. This circular rail will cover all three major points (Saddar-Rawalpindi, Pakistan Secretariat-Islamabad, and Islamabad International Airport-Islamabad) in the twin cities, along with other locales of the 25-kilometre-long Leh Expressway.
A Memorandum-of-Understanding (MoU) will soon be signed by both authorities. The Ministry of Railways will also partake in the project, alongside the civic agencies and the Chinese firm.
The source also reported that the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) is the firm that will conduct this technical and financial study, which will also include a survey. The project was discussed previously during Federal Minister of Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed’s visit to China, and now has gained the principal approval from the Punjab government to launch the train project.
Moreover, the funding for the project will be allocated in the upcoming fiscal year. This new track will facilitate the daily commute of the residents of the two cities.