Chinese arrive to work on Quetta train project

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QUETTA: A team of Chinese engineers and experts has arrived in the city to start work on the Quetta Mass Transit Train Project.

Official sources said here on Monday that the company had prepared a feasibility report of the project and formally sought a no-objection certificate from the government to start work.

They said Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri had directed the authorities concerned to provide all facilities to the Chinese company to conduct a survey of the train route and prepare its reports regarding implementation of the project. He directed the home department to keep close coordination with the Chinese company.

The sources said that special arrangements would be made for the security of engineers and other staff of the Chinese company during their stay in the province.

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The Balochistan government had allocated Rs1 billion as an initial amount for the Quetta Mass Transit Train Project in the current provincial budget.

Mr Zehri had announced the launching of the Quetta Mass Transit Train service from Spezant to Kuchlak during his first press conference after taking the oath as the chief minister.

The project was included in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at a meeting held recently in Beijing. Mr Zehri and former chief secretary Saifullah Chattah attended the meeting.

The funds would be provided for the project under the CPEC.