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ISLAMABAD: The government is planning to construct a new generation train structure from Islamabad to Murree in a bid to boost the tourism sector in the country.
This was stated by Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry. He was replying to a citizen on Twitter who wished to have a train service in the northern areas of Pakistan to visit the scenic mountainous areas.
The minister said the government is striving to join hands with investors to build a new generation train structure from Islamabad to Muree. He said the project will cost 300 million Euros and the government is hoping to receive the funds in the first phase after which the project will be replicated in the country.
We are striving for investor to join hands with us to build new generation train structure from islamabad to Murree, project cost is around 300 M euros lets hope if we could get through that in first phase than model can be replicated https://t.co/kHzdNOemmj
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) February 27, 2021
Last year in November, Fawad Chaudhry said that the government was studying a proposal to run an “electric automatic train from Islamabad Airport to Murree”.
He said a plan to launch an electric train from Islamabad airport to Murree is in the works after the electric buses project is launched, saying the project has now reached the Express of Interest level.
“The next major project is the electric automatic train from Islamabad Airport to Murree. The study of which has started and a meeting has been held with the planning ministry in this regard,” he said.
Fawad said the electric train project “will change the face of tourism and travel” in the country. He said that Islamabad will be the first city in Pakistan to have environment-friendly electric transport.
He added that the government has decided to install electric vehicle charging stations on motorways across the country in the next six months.
He assured that the government was giving special emphasis to science and technology, education and future technologies to unleash the potential of the youth.