Pakistan Railways plans to begin sleeper renewal work on a 33-kilometer length of track between Quetta and Bostan and Quetta and Chaman.
“Not only will the track benefit passengers, but it will also connect three key cities in the province,” a Ministry of Railways official told APP.
He added the railway network in Baluchistan’s Quetta Division principally consisted of Dera Allah Yar-Sibi-Quetta, Quetta-Chaman, Sibi-Khost, Spezend-Dalbandin-Taftan, and Bostan-Zhob, all of which had been closed for the past 15 years.
According to the official, two passenger trains, the Jaffer Express (40Up, 39 Down) and the Chaman Passenger (349Up, 350 Down), operate in Baluchistan, and no stations in the Quetta division have been closed in the last 15 years.
According to him, the total length of the railway track in Baluchistan, including the closed Bostan-Zhob segment, is 1,470.36 kilometers.
“The majority of the track is over 100 years old, and engineering speed restrictions have been imposed on select segments due to deferred maintenance and resource constraints,” he said, adding that routine track maintenance was being carried out with available resources.
He said the department was taking many initiatives to improve railway services in Baluchistan, including the approval of PC-I for the track’s renovation and the rehabilitation of another 100-kilometer track between Ahmedwal Dalbadin and Quetta on the Quetta-Taftan section.
According to the official, rehabilitation work will be conducted out on the track between Nokundi Kohi and Taftan on the Quetta-Taftan portion, as well as the 160.024 kilometers track between Bostan and Chaman on the Quetta-Chaman section.
He claimed that a tourist train had started running between Quetta and Bostan, and that the Bolan Mail passenger train would be operational soon to help people.
According to the official, the Chaman terminal is being built in partnership with the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), and the Sibi-Khost section track is being renovated.