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Pakistan Railways working on proposal for laying railway track from Havelian to Khunjerab

The Ministry of Railways is working on a proposal to lay railway track from Havelian to Khunjerab.

Official sources say approximately six hundred eighty two kilometers long railway track would be completed under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

The proposed railway line will touch Abbottabad, Mansehra, Battagram, Basham, Dasu, Chilas, Gilgit and Hunza areas of Pakistan.

Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed told the upper house of the parliament that the actual cost of the project would be released after detailed feasibility study and design.

He said the planned airway line is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, winch envisages Chinese investment of $46 billion (Dh168.8 billion) in energy projects and infrastructure development.

The existing Karakoram Highway connects the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China and Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan through the Khunjerab Pass.

Due to its high elevation and the difficult conditions in which it was constructed with China’s help the Karakorum roadway is referred to as the eighth wonder of the World.

Khunjerab Pass is often snow-covered during the winter season and consequently is generally closed from November 30 to May one.

Since June 1, 2006, there has been a daily bus service across the boundary from Gilgit, to Kashgar in Xinjiang.

via Radio Pak and Gulf News

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