ISLAMABAD, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 9th August, 2016) : Pakistan Railways will rehabilitate and reconstruct Hassan Abdal Railways Station to provide better transport facilities to the public, especially Sikh Yatries visiting their sacred places from across the country and abroad. "The Pakistan Railways has invited tenders for the rehabilitation of the railway station," a Railway Ministry official told APP on Tuesday. For the project, Pakistan Railways has asked that the construction firms, holding category III or above licences from Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) were eligible to apply, he said.
"It is also necessary that the firm should have executed similar projects worth Rs 300 million during the last 10 years," the official added. He said it was part of the project of Pakistan Railways for upgradation of 16 major railway stations under various Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) projects including Karachi Cantt, Karachi City, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Quetta, Bahawalpur, Raiwind, Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Okara, Sahiwal, Narowal, Nankana Sahib and Hassan Abdal.
"The work on Narowal, Okara and Sahiwal stations had been started while architectural and structural drawings of the remaining stations are under finalization," he added. He said 12 stations had been selected for upgradation keeping in view their strategic importance from operational point of view, the current condition of structures and passenger amenities, and their heritage value, importance of station with respect to future potential for passenger traffic and availability of surplus land for integrated commercial development.
The Raiwind Railway Station, he said, was selected for upgradation keeping in view its importance due to frequent visits by a large number of people to Tablighi Markaz from all over the world. The official said that three railway stations including Narowal, Hassanabdal and Nankana Sahib were selected for provision of better facilities to thousands of Sikh pilgrims.