They reduced max speed after back to back train crashes when Sheeda Tali introduced new train and higher speed against the advisory of technical staff and managers. Result was catastrophic.I am not sure but business class train's speed is more than 50km. Though i agree with you that current tracks need an overhaul.
So a 40ft container from Karachi to Lahore costs 140K PkR to sender, if the railways were working this cost would have been way cheaper. Successive governments deliberately or unknowingly killed a great way of logistics and passenger trains. And this has only contributed negatively to overall country, we have more pollution, more vehicles on roads, we need more maintenance fund for repair, cost of goods has increased and there are more frequent traffic jams. It would be good if we get our railways in a better shape.
ML-1 completion by 2020 or even by now would had been true game changer. It would be providing faster, safer, and economical transportation of passengers and freight and would have created thousands of jobs and huge economic activity. Originally planned $9 billion would have been a rightly invested sum.
Billions were invested on highways but ML-1 should had been first priority along with energy (where again ill planning was the norm and unwanted thermal projects) , and building only critical highways first.
I want to reach Karachi from Lahore in less than 5 hours.
In an Executive setting.
Is this too much to ask?
Freight rapidly ship goods from Gwadar port to Xinjiang region. Offering inland Xinjiang goods an opportunity to ship rapidly to rest of the world.
After the Laos HSR and Vietnam Metro success. It is starting to see an ripple effect. Next mega project to unveil will be complete of Jakarta - Bandung HSR.
Pak railways should aim for services from Omsk to Gawadar and Karachi. Pakistan definitely needs two more ports: One somewhere near Keti and another one may be Kalat for more capacity.
More then tracks, signals need to be modernized to avoid collisions and the train lead car; the engine should be build the same way American train engines are build; to absorb a crash with massive shock absorber in the nose.They reduced max speed after back to back train crashes when Sheeda Tali introduced new train and higher speed against the advisory of technical staff and managers. Result was catastrophic.
Probably $45-50 billion spended on CPEC as yet. ML-1 the rail line, control network, plus related bridges, underpasses should have been built under CPEC competed projects.Problem is China wants to provide commercial loan with interest rates as high as 8-9%. Pakistan wanted either wanted soft loans frim chinese govt or low interest rate on commercial loans hence the stall. Look like stall has broken hence the procurement.