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Pakistan Railways all set to receive 40 high-speed coaches from China

09:58 PM | 28 Aug, 2022
Pakistan Railways all set to receive 40 high-speed coaches from China
Source: Pakistan Railways (Twitter)

KARACHI – The Pakistan Railways is set to receive the first 40 of more than 200 modern, high-speed passenger coaches from China by the end of this year.

The move will augment railway operations across Pakistan, officials said on Sunday.

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

“Out of 230 passenger coaches, the first consignment of 40 coaches will arrive in Pakistan by December, which would have the capacity to run at the speed of 160 kilometers per hour,” says Babar Ali Reza, a spokesman for the Pakistan Railways.

Though the spokesman did not share the cost of incoming passenger coaches from China, it was estimated at the time of the contract signing that each economy-class coach would cost $694,000, standard air-conditioned coach $794,000 and an air-conditioned parlour would cost $859,000 upon arrival in Pakistan.

The spokesman said the current maximum speed limit of Pakistani trains was 120 kilometres per hour and the new Chinese coaches would be suitable for higher speed limit after the upgradation of railway tracks.

“The railway tracks at present can accommodate up to 120 kilometres per hour. As the tracks will be gradually upgraded, these coaches can serve long-term purposes and support 160 kilometre per hour,” Reza said, referring to the country’s plan of dualization of the Main Line-1 (ML-1) project.

The $6.8 billion ML-1 project, considered one of the costliest projects in Pakistan’s history, is aimed at upgrading and dualizing the 1,872-kilometre existing track from the southern port city of Karachi till Peshawar in the country’s northwest.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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