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KARACHI: Pakistan Railways on Sunday received the first 46 out of 230 new high-speed passenger coaches from China. The new rail coaches reached Karachi port and will be transported to Lahore by the Karachi-Lahore main line-1 by the end of this month, authorities said.

Pakistan and China’s CRRC Tangshan Locomotive & Rolling Stock Company inked an agreement in November 2021 for the supply of 230 high-speed coaches to Pakistan Railways as part of a plan to upgrade and enhance long-distance passenger services in the country.

The PR spokesperson said that passenger rail coaches will include 80 compartments each for economy and air-conditioned class, 30 parlour cars, and 20 vans each for luggage and brake.

Two hundred freight vans will be imported, while 620 of such bogies will be prepared at the factory, he added.

Under $140 million contract (Rs31 billion, approximately), the Chinese company is to manufacture 230 state-of-the-art passenger coaches, of which 46 will be provided as completely built units and the remaining 184 will be manufactured in Pakistan by the PR engineers and technical staff under the supervision of the Chinese experts.

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Adnan Abbasi Nov 28, 2022 11:17am
First we need to change or repair our railway tracks, Before running of these new fast train received from china, this was very dangerous with changes or repairing of tracks.
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Abdul Mueed Nov 28, 2022 02:27pm
Where its pleasing to note the development on our beloved country, there are certain concerns as well... >Does our existing infrastructure support these high speed trains? >What is the plan of PR or what they are doing about railway tracks to support it? >More so, maybe providing economical fair to passengers, having such trains, what is PR plan to support local businesses? in providing economical transport up-down
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Tayyeb Mohammad Ali Dec 01, 2022 07:18pm
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