Practical measures underway for Mass Transit Train systemMarch 5, 2016
QUETTA: Practical measures were underway to materialize dream of Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri for making reality Mass Transit Train System and preliminary documents have been papered as working paper and presented to Chief Minister. Taking technical and financial aspects of the project Chief Minister has directed Chief Secretary to call a meeting which would be held soon.
Federal Railways Minister Khwaja Saad Rafiq not only welcomed this project but has also announced unconditional cooperation of Pakistan Railways.
Chief Minister thanking Railways Minister has termed it as basis of the project.
It is added here that soon after assuming office of Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri had announced this important project and railways officials and engineers had briefed him in this regard.
From Kuchlak to Spezand this 25 to 30 KM long project is aimed to provide cheap travelling facility to over three million people of Quetta and adjoining areas.
This would not only lessen pressure of traffic on Quetta but it would start from the cross road of N-25, N-40, N-50, N-65 and N-70. This regional connectivity reflects its importance.
Fortunately Quetta-Chaman and Quetta-Sibi rail track and basic structure already exists and thus it would have minimum cost and its completion period would also be small.
For transit train stations would be established at every 4/5 Km in which private sector would be included. These stations would be State of Art.
According to an estimate lakhs of people travel from Mastung, Spezand, Kuchlak and Pishin for business, purchases, employment, treatment, to Quetta daily and generally they use public transport and private vehicles which not only a difficult journey but it creates pressure on traffic during day time besides problem of environmental pollution. Its resolution would help restore traditional beauty of Quetta.
This is first mass transit project of Pakistan but of south Asia. Initially Rupees two billion are expected to cost which would be a joint venture of Government of Balochistan with Pakistan Railways and investment of private sector would also be sought in it.
Mass transit systems of European countries, Singapore, Hong Kong and China have also been studied for this project.