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Old March 12th, 2016, 01:29 PM   #1
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Quetta (Urdu: کوئٹہ‎, Pashto: کوټه‎, Balochi: کویته ) is the provincial capital of Balochistan, Pakistan and 9th largest city of Pakistan. The city is known as the fruit garden of Pakistan, due to the numerous fruit orchards in and around it, and the large variety of fruits and dry fruits produced The city was also known as Little Paris in the past due to its beauty and geographical location. The immediate area has long been one of pastures and mountains, with varied plants and animals relative to the dry plains to the west. is at an average elevation of 1,680 meters (5,510 feet) above sea level, making it Pakistan's only high-altitude major city. The population of the city is estimated to be approximately two million.
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Working paper for Quetta Mass Transit Train prepared
Saleem Shahid
7 March 2016
http://www.dawn.com/news/1244055/wor...train-prepared

QUETTA: A working paper for the proposed mass transit train system in Quetta has been prepared and submitted to the chief minister.

Officials said on Sunday that the chief minister, who had floated the idea of the transit train system for the provincial capital, directed Chief Secretary Saifullah Chattah to convene a meeting to discuss the project for its approval. “We have prepared the working paper on the basis of initial documents of the project,” a senior official told Dawn. He said the meeting would discuss mechanical and financial aspects of the project before approving it. Soon after taking oath as chief minister of Balochistan, Nawab Sanaullah Zehri had announced that his government would build the mass transit train system in Quetta. He had urged the Chinese to invest in the project.

According to sources, Pakistan Railways officials and engineers had given an initial briefing on the project to the chief minister while Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq had welcomed the move and assured the Balochistan government of all assistance and cooperation in implementing the project.

According to the plan, the mass transit train will cover a distance of about 35km from Spizand to Kuchlak. It will provide modern and low-cost travel facility to over three million people of Quetta and surrounding areas. It will not only reduce traffic pressure on Quetta but also connect the city with the junction of five national highways — N-25, N-40, N-50, N-65 and N-70. Railway track already existed between Quetta-Sibi and Quetta-Chaman and availability of basic infrastructure will reduce the cost of the project. Stations with modern facilities will be constructed at every 4-5km.


The officials said the cost of the project was estimated at Rs2 billion. It will be a joint venture of the Balochistan government and Railways and the private sector will also be involved in it.
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I was going to point out that there was no need to copy photos from news articles when they're random stock images. Then I saw that you added it yourself. Did you imagine that people on this forum have no idea what a "mass transit train system" might look like?
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I was going to point out that there was no need to copy photos from news articles when they're random stock images. Then I saw that you added it yourself. Did you imagine that people on this forum have no idea what a "mass transit train system" might look like?
Don't be rude. Photos add color, diversity and versatility to the article. So no worries.. it is not going to harm anyone.
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CM Balochistan examined the shuttle buses which will be brought to Quetta for Mass Transit System.

CM Balochistan proposed to include Metro Train Project
n in China Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

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Rs 2 Billion for mass transit, Rs
1 billion for Green bus scheme in Quetta


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finally I feel like Quetta has so much potential, but always gets pushed back compared to some other large cities in Pakistan
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Construction of Quetta Mass Transit Train project to start soon
June 23, 2016, 3:22 pm
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QUETTA: Construction of Mass transit train and Green bus projects shall soon be initiated in Quetta. Both projects are an attempt to provide relief to the citizens with regard to transportation.

Rs 2 billion were allotted for the Mass transit train project whereas Rs 1 billion were reserved for the Green bus project in the fiscal budget of the province for the year 2016-17.

Almost 3 million people residing in Quetta and adjoining areas are expected to be benefitted from the transportation projects. Railways Divisional Superintendent (DS) stated that the initiation of the project was a gift from the provincial government towards the people.

The project shall be one of its kind in South Asia as it shall be the first ever state-of-the-art Mass transit train project. The air-conditioned Green buses will be operating on the various routes of the city. The projects shall be helpful in reducing pollution in the city and will facilitate the inhabitants in their daily commutes.

Both the projects shall add to the beautification of the provincial capital, the sources said.
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Quetta mass transit system to start working by 2019

QUETTA: The first phase of the Quetta Mass Transit System will be completed in 2019 as work on the project has been launched after Chinese companies submitted the feasibility report to the Balochistan government.

The report and layout plan of the project, prepared by the two Chinese companies, were examined by the provincial authorities and Chinese officials in a meeting held on Monday at the Chief Minister Secretariat.

The China Communication Construction Company (CCCC) and the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) are helping execute the project.

The meeting was attended by provincial Minister for Planning and Development Dr Hamid Achalaai, Chief Secretary Saifullah Chattah, Additional Chief Secretary Dawood Bareach, Railways Divisional Superintendent Hanif Gul, Gwadar Development Authority Director General Dr Sajjad Baloch and the additional commissioner and deputy commissioner of Quetta.

China Overseas Ports Holding Company Chairman Zhang Bao and an official of the CCCC also attended the meeting.

It was informed that the first phase of the project, covering a 48.5km route from Kuchlak to Spezant, would cost $214 mil-lion and 10 railway stations, three overhead bridges and a tunnel would be built.

The phase will be completed by 2019 and about 30,000 people are expected to enjoy the cheap and comfortable travel facility on a daily basis.

In the second phase of the project, more stations, business centres and other facilities will be added.

The meeting was informed that the Chinese government was taking a keen interest in the project that was among its priorities.

The chief minister had suggested to the Chinese authorities during his last visit to the country that the project should be included in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The approval of making the project a part of the corridor is likely to be given at a meeting of the Joint Cooperation Committee on CPEC, scheduled for Nov 29 in Beijing.

The chief secretary approved the formation of a joint working group of the provincial authorities and Chinese companies to expedite the work and finalise the technical and financial affairs. The working group will remain in contact by video conferencing and its first meeting will be held next week in Beijing.

The additional chief secretary said the Green Bus Project, included in the Annual Development Programme, would be integrated with the mass transit system.
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Quetta is getting MRT! the new completion date for phase 1 given here is December 2017 which is a little more than a year from now. If this is true, this project should be hitting the ground very soon. It is also part of CPEC which is a huge bonus so it doesn't end up like KCR.
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CPEC Urban Transport: 4 Mass Transit Systems to be part of CPEC for Karachi Lahore Peshawar Quetta'The inclusion of the four schemes would increase the size of CPEC to nearly $54 billion.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China are set to make four new infrastructure schemes worth $8 billion part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor next week but prospects for early inclusion of Punjab government’s Orange Line Metro project and the Karachi Circular Railway remain bleak. The inclusion of the four schemes would increase the size of CPEC to nearly $54 billion.

The upcoming sixth meeting of the Joint Cooperation Committee, the highest decision-making body of CPEC, would be different from past five meetings. This time, all chief ministers for the first time are expected to attend the JCC. Each of them would be seeking inclusion of mass transit projects in their provincial capitals in the CPEC framework, according to officials of the Planning Ministry

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif would be keen to get the $1.6 billion Orange Line Metro project into CPEC to win Rs20 billion tax concessions. Punjab government would also seek inclusion of a $662 million steel mill project, which is planned to be set up at Chiniot, in the CPEC framework, according to Punjab’s planning minister.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah would want the much-delayed $2.6 billion Karachi Circular Railway to get a place in CPEC after the Japanese have apparently backed out. K-P Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak has also forwarded the proposal of a Peshawar Metro bus project to be made part of CPEC while the Balochistan chief minister would like to have the Quetta Light Rail project in the CPEC.

However, none of these four mass transit projects would be officially made part of the CPEC, during the upcoming JCC meeting. The Joint Working Group on Infrastructure has not discussed these projects, which is a prerequisite, said sources in the planning ministry. The agenda of the JCC, which will meet in Beijing, has already been finalised, they said. However, the expectations are that the JCC would forward these projects to the respective working group for its technical and financial evaluation, the sources said.

Few days back, the Sindh CM requested the prime minister to make the Karachi Circular Railway a part of the CPEC framework, said Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday. A planning ministry official said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has set up a committee under the joint leadership of Member Infrastructure of Planning Commission Malik Ahmad Khan and Additional Chief Secretary Sindh. The joint committee would work to resolve the issue of land between Pakistan Railways and the Sindh government for smooth execution of the Karachi Circular Railway

Pakistan Railways has demanded money in return for land, which the Sindh government is not eager to pay due to its impact on the cost of the project, said the officials. However, if Karachi Circular Railway eventually becomes part of the CPEC framework, the provincial government may get concessional financing from China like the one offered to Orange Line Metro project.
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Quetta Mass Transit Train feasibility finalised

Quetta - The Chinese delegation, working on Quetta Mass Transit Train Project, on Wednesday called on Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri and briefed him about the progress so far made on the project.

The delegation comprising China Harbour Engineering Company office-bearers was headed by its Chief Executive Wang Xiaoping.

Matters of Quetta Mass Transit Train Project remained in spotlight during the meeting.

Apprising Chief Minister of their ambition, they said the Chinese government had geared up to bear funds for this pivotal project which was part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and final touches will be given to this project during Premier’s visit in May to China.

Wang Xiaoping said it was because of Balochistan government’s cooperation with the working Chinese company that it made rapid progress on Quetta Mass Transit Train Project as compared to Peshawar and Karachi Circular railways projects.

Updating Nawab Zehri, Wang Xiaoping said the Chinese experts’ team completing survey of the project had now finalised feasibility report while PC-1 was in preparation phases which will soon be presented to the provincial government.

Meanwhile, the chief minister expressing satisfactions over the progress made for the project lauded the performance of Chinese company.

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Quetta mass transit: Chinese bank to extend loan on 3 percent interest rate

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Chinese Policy Bank would give loan to Pakistan to the tune of 85 percent of $687.22 million Quetta Mass Transit project at a three percent interest rate. The Planning and Development Department of Balochistan government told this to the Senate Committee on Planning, Development and Reform during its briefing on Quetta Mass Transit project. The committee met with Senator Colonel Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi (retd) in the chair here at the Parliament House on Monday.

A briefing was also given to the Senate Standing Committee on the Keti Bundar project. During the briefing on Quetta Mass Transit project, an official of Planning & Development Department Balochistan told the committee that estimated cost the of the project is $687.22 million excluding land acquisition, external power supply, GST, income tax and customs duties. He said that the project is under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and 85 percent of the amount will be borrowed from Chinese Policy Bank. He said that loan investment recovery period is 25 years.

He said that preliminary agreement was signed between the government of Balochistan and the China Communication Construction Company. However, the framework agreement has not yet been signed, he said, adding that the government of Balochistan is also planning to conduct a feasibility to explore the option of constructing a road along the track to run buses. He said the financial economic rate of return is 2.5 percent, indicating very poor profitability. He said that under this project, the passenger train would ply between Kuchlak and Spezand (48.5km). He said that the single track would be constructed from Spezand to Sariab while a double track would be constructed from Sariab to Kuchlak.

He said the project would be completed in three years and ticket price is assumed at Rs 70 per person. The committee members expressed their concern over high price of ticket and strength of passengers. The official said the government would have to give a subsidy to reduce the ticket price. He said that the Chinese company has prepared subsidy of the project but the point regarding strength of passengers is missing. "We have asked the company to prepare a feasibility study again," he said.

The official said that track already exists for rail but it is wide and it has to be reconstructed or pared accordingly. He said that there is also an issue of encroachment along the existing railway track. The committee recommended that the government of Balochistan should consult the Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform about reconstructing track and encroachment and submit its report to the Committee.

While briefing about Keti Bundar project, Special Secretary Energy Rashad Hussain Qazi told the committee that the project would be completed by 2025. He said that Keti Bundar project has been made part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He said that a feasibility study is under process and his department has written a letter to Navel Headquarter to get information of sensitive area. "We are awaiting the response so far," he added. The special secretary energy also told the committee that as many as 14 coal power plants would be installed by 2025 at Thar, which would generate 6,000MW electricity. He said that in the first phase, power plant would produce 1320MW electricity. He said that a railway line would also be constructed from Keti Bundar to Thar Coal.
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