Pakistan Railways to Com­plete Rehabilitation of Quetta-Bostan Track

Pakistan Railways to Com­plete Rehabilitation of Quetta-Bostan Track

Pakistan Railways is putting efforts to complete the restoration of the 33.50-kilometer track between Quetta-Bostan and Quetta-Chaman which will be finished shortly.

According to an official from the Minis­try of Railways, “The track will not only facilitate the passen­gers, small businessmen but also connect three ma­jor cities of the province.”

He further said that the railway network in Balochistan mainly consisted of Quetta Division having the following routes:

  1. Dera Allah Yar Sibi-Quetta
  2. Quetta-Chaman
  3. Sibi-Khost
  4. Spezend-Dalbandin-Taftan
  5. Bostan-Zhob

Unfortunately, these tracks were closed for the last 15 years. There were two passenger trains namely Jaffer Express and Chaman Passenger operating in Balochistan.

“Most of the track was more than one hundred years old and on certain stretches, engineering speed restrictions have been imposed due to deferred maintenance and owing to resource constraints,” he explained adding that the maintenance of the track was carried out with available resources.

The railway department is taking several initiatives including approval of PC-I for the track’s restoration and the rehabilitation of another 100-km track between Ahmedwal Dalbadin on Quetta-Taftan to improve railway services in Balochistan province.

According to the source, the Railways department has introduced ‘Raabta’- a platform for earning more revenue and the improvement of its financial conditions. Raabta is being used to improve customer facilitation via artificial intelligence.