Greater Peshawar Region Rail based Mass Transit System
Peshawar, as the main business hub of the province connects to the Mardan, Charsadda, Nowshera and Swabi districts via motorways and highways. There is an additional need to connect these cities through the railway network. The Peshawar valley has the biggest urban settlement nodes in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. More than one third of the total provincial population are inhabitants of Peshawar, Mardan, Charsadda, Nowshera and Swabi districts.
The provincial government has devised a strategy focusing on the economic development of urban Peshawar region to spur growth and development. The main pillar of this strategy is a transportation network linking the urban nodes of Peshawar, Mardan, Charsadda, Nowshera, and Swabi districts. This includes a rail network linking to the present rail track that runs from Rawalpindi to Peshawar passing through Nowshera district. There is a link available from Nowshera to Mardan and from Mardan to Charsadda districts. The missing link is between Peshawar and Charsadda districts. The proposed railway track will serve passenger and freight traffic in the freight dry port planned in Azakhel (Nowshera district), which is central to this region.
The estimated capital cost of the project is $2.6 billion The total length of this new rail system that is about 202 kilometers with independent control system. The rail will have its own operation and maintenance regime. It will have new stations, rails, maintenance facilities bridges and culverts.
The Chinese Firm China Construction Communications Co. (CCCC) has completed the prefeasibility of the project. CCCC is also undertaking the feasibility of the project which in due course will determine the financial justification. The project has already been agreed in the JCC meeting held in December 2016 Beijing.
The project provides an opportunity for the donor agencies / investors for investment and to recoup the capital investment with profit. It can be executed through Built Operate & Transfer mode. The project is open for all the state owned, state supported and private entities.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Transport Department and Board of Investment and Trade (KPBOIT) are there to facilitate investors against any regulatory requirements.
The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will facilitate investors for interaction with relevant agencies and is committed to partner with the investor by providing all basic infrastructure in execution of project. It is committed to provide competent workforce in this sector, in coordination with the investors. The investors friendly security situation already prevails in the province.