According to a new World Bank report, Pakistan ranks second in South Asia in terms of running public railway networks, which currently comprise about 80,000 kilometers.
Pakistan will have 7,700 kilometers of active network by the end of 2019, followed by Bangladesh with almost 3,000 kilometers and Sri Lanka with 1,500 kilometers. According to the survey, India’s network is by far the biggest, with 67,000 kilometers.
India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh are the four nations that make up South Asia’s modern railway network. Until Indian independence in 1947, three of the four railways covered in South Asia were part of the same system. Since then, they’ve all operated as government departments under the supervision of a railway ministry.
The whole working network in Pakistan and Sri Lanka is currently 1,676 millimeters, while meter-gauge rail still exists in Bangladesh and India.