Railways to reconstruct 11 bridges, repair 55

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways is all set to reconstruct 11 bridges and repair another 55 across the country to ensure smooth operation of trains and safety of the passengers. Giving details of the project, an official in the Ministry of Railways stated that the department would reconstruct three bridges in Sukkur division, six in Multan and two in Lahore division.
About the repair of bridges in different divisions, he said Pakistan Railways had planned to repair 34 bridges in Karachi, 11 in Sukkur, two in Multan, five in Rawalpindi, two in Peshawar and one in Quetta.Tere more than 100 years old, but all of them were safe for train operation due to regular maintenance, rehabilitation and strengthening of the bridges, the official added.
He said Pakistan Railways has 13,959 major and minor bridges over the system and their design life varies for different years. The standard operating procedure calls for inspection of bridges in accordance with the different schedules like monthly, quarterly, biannually and annually.
To a question, he said Pakistan Railways upgraded as many as six major railway stations across the country, giving them a new and modernize look, besides facilitating the passengers during the last two years.