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Parliamentary panel stresses early execution of ML-1 project

ISLAMABAD – The Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Wednesday stressed the need for early execution of the mega railway up-gradation project Mainline-1 from Peshawar to Karachi. The meeting held under the chairmanship of Sher Ali Arbab, MNA discussed in detail the project of Mainline-1 (ML-1) with special focus on Electronic Traction (ET) component. The committee remarked that the world is increasingly moving towards adoption of modern technologies, adding Electric Traction (E.T) component in ML-1 project after 8 to 10 years would become obsolete and costly. Given the huge benefit of E.T component in ML-1 in terms of its pay back, cost and compatibility with environment, we need to move towards its adoption right from now and upgrade existing infrastructure of project to the electric traction, the chair said. The committee observed that the establishment of Special Economic Zones would be futile, if industries are not installed there timely.


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