Islamabad–Muzaffarabad Branch Line

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Islamabad–Muzaffarabad Branch Line
Overview
Native nameاسلام آباد–مُظفّر آباد ثانوی ریل راستہ
OwnerPakistan Railways
Termini
Stations2
Service
Operator(s)Pakistan Railways
Technical
Line length128 km (80 mi) Proposed
6 km (3.7 mi) Built

Islamabad–Muzaffarabad Branch Line (Urdu: اسلام آباد–مُظفّر آباد ثانوی ریل راستہ) is one of several railway lines in Pakistan proposed by Pakistan Railways. The proposed 128 km (80 mi) line begins at Nur station on the Karachi–Peshawar Railway Line and will end at Muzaffarabad in Azad Jammu & Kashmir.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

Construction on the 128 kilometre railway line began in 1979, where the new branch line diverged from the Karachi–Peshawar Railway Line at Nur station. The line then headed in an eastern direction towards sector I-9 in Islamabad where Islamabad railway station was constructed. Following the line reaching Islamabad, work was suspended in 1980. In April 2016, the Ministry of Railways began a feasibility study to restart construction of the line. Pending completion, planning and pre-construction design work, the project will be ready to go ahead pending market interest and planning approval.[4] The extension of the line will continue in a northeast direction from Islamabad towards Murree and Bhurban before turning north and running parallel with the Jhelum River. At Kohala, the line would cross over the Jhelum River into Azad Jammu & Kashmir and continue north to Muzaffarabad.[5]

Stations[edit]

Active Line

Proposed Line

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New railway tracks planned under CPEC: Report". 20 December 2015.
  2. ^ "PM approves Islamabad-Muzaffarabad railway track feasibility report | Pakistan Today".
  3. ^ "Islamabad-Muzaffarabad rail link".
  4. ^ "'Muzaffarabad-Murree-Islamabad rail link feasibility study under way'". 5 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Revised cost of Islamabad-Dhudial railway line jumps to Rs 125m". 10 February 2017.