250 new passenger coaches to be inducted in Railways: minister

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Saad Rafiq says China will upgrade Peshawar-Karachi track by 2020

Senate was informed on Wednesday that Pakistan Railway plans to induct 250 new passenger coaches to provide better travelling facilities to the commuters.

Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq told the House during question hour that about 180 coaches will be locally manufactured in Carriage Factory Islamabad.

He said that a tender for procurement of 800 high capacity hopper wagons for transportation of goods was in progress. Of these, 595 wagons will be manufactured at the carriage factory, the minister said.

To a question, Rafiq said that the Chinese side had expressed the commitment to upgrade Peshawar-Karachi rail track by 2020 under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

Khawaja Saad Rafiq said that the government had targeted up-gradation of twenty one railway stations in the country with a total outlay of Rs 1,956,000,000 to be spent during the next three years.

Minister of State for Interior Balighur Rehman told the House that the US is to provide Rs 519,000,000 for various projects to counter narcotics.

Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch told the House that 319 new schemes had been included in the Annual Development Programme for FATA.

Minister for Inter-provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada said that the government was serious about implementation of Urdu as the official language and for this purpose a committee comprising federal ministers had also been constituted.