Sunday, 16 April 2017

Contract of Shalimar express awarded for Rs. 1.8 billion

LAHORE -  The Pakistan Railways (PR) has awarded a two-year contract to S. Jamil and Company to run Shalimar Express on highest bidding of Rs. 1.8 billion.
An agreement signing ceremony in this regard was held at Railways headquarters in presence of Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique. The contract has been awarded for two years on total amount of Rs. 1.8 billion while an amount of Rs. 1.9 million will be submitted to the Pakistan Railways in advance. Moreover, the company will make payment of Rs. 30.43 million weekly.
Around 12 companies had shown interest in running Shalimar Express including Daewoo, Al Baraka, Mazari Group and others but they could not win the project during the bidding. According to the privatisation agreement, the Pakistan Railways will hold trains operational system while private sector will hold train management.
Pakistan Railways was earning Rs. 660 million annually from privatization of Shalimar Express train during the last five years. The train that runs between Lahore and Karachi daily was given to private sector in 2012.
Later talking to media, Railways Minister Saad Rafique said that now the losses of the department have been reduced to Rs. 27 billion which were Rs. 33 billion in 2013. He said that after upgradation of railway track, trains will run at the speed of 160 kilometer per hour. He claimed that the condition of railways was much better than in 2013. He said Pakistan Railways had introduced e-ticketing system for 40 trains to facilitate passengers in booking their seats from anywhere across the country.
The minister said that with the passage of time the condition of all trains would improve, adding that criticism was good but positive steps should also be appreciated.

Jaffar express restarted by Pakistan railways; Will run between Peshawar and Quetta

The Pakistan Railways has inaugurated a new train service from Peshawar to Quetta in a bid to alleviate travel problems and facilitate people of FATA, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Jaffar Express commenced its first journey and left for Quetta from the cantonment railways station on Saturday morning. Divisional Superintendent Mohammad Hanif Gul was the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony.
Talking to media, he said that the federal government had approved the new train service to facilitate the passengers of the respective provinces, particularly Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan.
“People will be able to travel in an improved quality train at affordable prices,” he added.
Gul further said that the operation of new train was meant to bring people of all the provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir closer through an excellent and improved railways network.
The other railways officials said that the 10-bogie Jaffar Express had a status of the symbol of national unity, which aimed to connect people of Pakistan by passing through various cities including Quetta, Sukkur, Jacobabad, Rohri, Multan, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Peshawar.
Previously, the Jaffar Express ran between two cities - Rawalpindi and Quetta – but now it will leave daily Peshawar at 5:30 am and would reach Quetta about 2 pm next day after passing through various important cities and towns, officials said.
An official of Pakistan Railways said that the fares are affordable. “Each passenger intending to travel in economy class would be charged Rs 1,870, standard class Rs 4,470, and business class Rs 4,970. It will be solely a passenger train service in which around 800 passengers could travel at a time,” official added.
Moreover, the railways officials hoped that train service would help generate significant revenue for Pakistan Railways by giving credit to the federal government for improving communication services for people of KP.

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City | 2016 Rank | 2012 Rank

Karachi | #74 BETA | #82 BETA (Increased By 8)

Lahore | #103 BETA - | #127 GAMMA+ (Increased By 24)

Islamabad | #129 BETA - | #133 GAMMA+ (Increased By 4)

Thursday, 13 April 2017

1km underground portion of Orange Train constructed

LAHORE: More than one kilometer of the 1.75 kilometers long underground portion of Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project, from McLeod road to Chouburji, has been constructed besides completion of 75 percent civil work on underground Anarkali Station at Jain Mander area.

Khawaja Ahmad Hassan, chairman of the steering committee for Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project, disclosed this while talking to media men during inspection of ongoing construction work on package-I and package-III of the project, here on Wednesday.

He told that work for construction of second underground Central Station at GPO Chowk and remaining part of the underground track will be started soon after the court’s permission in this regard. Chinese contractor for the project, CR-NORINCO, has started doing electrical and mechanical works on the six elevated stations along package-I which would be completed in 105 days, he informed. He told that CR-NORINCO General Manager Chu has appreciated the quality of construction work done by the Pakistani contractors of the project.

Completion percentage of all four packages of Orange line:

  • Package 1: Dera Gujran to Chouburji - 80.24%
  • Package 2: Chouburji to Ali town - 48.25%
  • Package 3: Train depot - 70.57%
  • Package 4: Stabling yard - 53%
  • Overall project - 63%

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Orange Line: 5 stations all set to be handed over to contractors

LAHORE: Local authorities are all set to hand over five stations and seven kilometers of elevated tracks of the Lahore Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) to Chinese contractors CR-NORINCO. This will ensure that the contractors can lay rails as well as other electrical and mechanical work.

Civil works had already been completed on these portions.

Almost 63% of the civil works had been completed, said OLMT Steering Committee Chairman Khawaja Ahmad Hassaan. He was speaking to a weekly progress review meeting on Wednesday.

Civil works of five metro train stations, including Dera Gujjran, Islam Park, Salamatpura, Mahmood Buti and Pakistan Mint, have also been completed.

The site near Patiala Ground had been identified for shifting of an existing tube well on McLeod Road, he said, adding development activity would start soon. The government would provide land for construction of grid station in Chah Meeran area in the near future, he added.

The government was providing alternate land to Jamia Muhammadia, which was badly affected by the project. Ahmad said construction activity on all 13 elevated stations of metro train package-II stations was underway.

He directed all utility companies to cover manholes in their respective areas. The chairman said project contractors should follow security protocols and remove debris from the sites where construction works has been completed, he said. Keeping in view the current security situation in the country, he asked civil contractors to check credentials of the workforce before deployment.

He requested local authorities to set December 25, 2017, as the deadline for the completion of the country’s first metro train project.

The 27-kilometer Orange Line Metro Train Project is being funded through $1.65 billion soft loan through China’s Exim Bank. The project documents indicate around $1 billion would be directly transferred to the Chinese contractors, CR-NORINCO, for procurement of rolling stock. The remaining amount would be transferred to Pakistan for the construction of tracks and provision of allied infrastructure.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Twin towers planned for Lahore

LAHORE: The Lahore development authority is planning to construct a 28-storey-high twin towers, offering panoramic view of the city and a rooftop restaurant.

The proposed Lahore Twin Towers on Jail Road are intended to be a high-rise, mixed-use building, estimated to cost about Rs. 4.25 billion, according to the Lahore Development Authority (LDA). The project will be executed under the management and transfer of property laws given in the Development Authorities Act, 2014.

The authority has formally invited expressions of interest (EOI) from well-reputed, financially sound companies for the construction of the twin towers on joint venture basis. The deadline for submission of EOIs for the project is May 24.

As per the proposed terms, the LDA will provide the land as equity for the project while the private partner will be responsible for the design, financing, construction, marketing, sales and management.

The constructor will share the profits with the development authority while the management of facilities will be determined through open, competitive bidding.

EOIs have been solicited from private parties having a strong financial position and those able to bring together skills and resources necessary for undertaking the project. Open bidding will be held between prequalified competitors using two-stage, two-envelope process.

The authority has uploaded the prequalification documents on its website ( and they can also be obtained from the office of LDA chief engineer.

Last month, LDA Director-General Zahid Akhter Zaman also met Chinese and Turkish investors and invited them to invest in the project on the directions of the Punjab chief minister.

The authority has also decided to rent out the vacant rooftop of the LDA Plaza on Egertor Road for setting up a restaurant. The LDA secretary and other sponsors have also invited EOIs from local and multinational restaurant chains for setting up the outlets on around 8,000 square foot.a

Saturday, 8 April 2017

FATA Development Authority to construct 3 mini-hydel plants in Kurram Agency

ISLAMABAD: FATA Development Authority (FDA) has planned to construct three mini-hydel power stations in Kurram Agency.

According to sources of FATA Development Authority, the power stations will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 316 million in Shalozan, Sadda and Malana areas, reported Radio Pakistan. These power stations, on completion, will generate 1050 kilowatt electricity.

Contract of Shalimar express awarded for Rs. 1.8 billion

LAHORE -  The Pakistan Railways (PR) has awarded a two-year contract to S. Jamil and Company to run Shalimar Express on highest bidding...