The rail cars imported from China are fully compatible with the local route and have been approved for commercial operation after a first attempt on one of Pakistan’s fastest routes, Pakistan Railways officials said on Saturday. Stated.
Muhammad Hanif Gul, department head of Pakistan Railways Lahore Division, said it is standard protocol to test new introductions to railways before they are put into commercial service, and that the number of coaches imported from China will be increased. The same practice has been observed in vehicles, he added. Passed successfully.
These are very good carriages with improved functionality, very good ergonomics, very good technology and when we use them in rail services, Pakistanis will have a very good experience,” said Gul. in an interview with Xinhua news agency. . From a contract to buy 230 trainers from China, the first batch of 46 trainers arrived in Pakistan at the end of November and is currently stationed in Lahore, expected to begin operations in the coming weeks.
Under the technology transfer agreement, the remaining wagons will be imported into Pakistan in the form of parts and manufactured in Pakistan with technical assistance from China to improve Pakistan’s capacity to produce independent trains. Gul said the wagons were acquired through transparent tenders favoring Chinese companies, with Pakistan providing a list of specifications based on local standards, and routes and trains being designed accordingly.
Regarding the quality of the new arrivals in terms of passenger comfort, he said they are very comfortable with ample seat widths to accommodate an anthropometric analysis of the Pakistani population and have onboard toilets for passengers. rice field. crippled. This is a new feature of Pakistan Railways.