Peshawar: Considering the proposal floated by the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak, the federal government has assured to extend cooperation for starting a fast-track train between Peshawar, Nowshera, Mardan and Charsada.
It however, deferred consideration on the provincial government’s request for provision of railways land along the Peshawar railway track for proposed Mass Transit Transport project.
This decision was taken at a meeting of Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak and the Federal Minister for Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique which held at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa House, Islamabad on Thursday.
Deputy Chairman of KP Board of Investment, Senator Mohsin Aziz, Additional Chief Secretary, Dr. Hamad Agha, Secretary Ministry of Railways and other high ranking concerned officers were also present.
The meeting discussed at length the provincial government’s proposals for Mass Transit Plan and Circular Railways and both sides agreed to form a joint working group and conduct a joint consultancy as well for ascertaining feasibility of the project.
Chief Minister Pervez Khattak termed the proposals extremely feasible for providing better and modern travelling facilities to the people of the four districts and said that the provincial government was even ready to replace the existing redundant railway track from its own resources.
He was of the view that establishment of Mass Transport System alongside the existing railway track from Chamkani to Hayatabad would also help remove encroachments on both sides of the track and it would also add to beauty of the city.
Accepting request of the Railways Minister, the Chief Minister assured his full cooperation for rehabilitation of 25 railway crossings of the province and remove encroachments from the railways lands in district Bannu.
The Railways Minister on this occasion appreciated the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government’s successful operations for removing encroachments from railways land in other parts of the province and told that the other provinces had failed to comply with the Supreme Court order for removal of encroachments.
He assured to consider the proposal for leasing out the railways land to the provincial government once feasibility of double rail track project is completed which is expected by the end of next month, he added.