PESHAWAR - Divisional Superintendent (DS) Pakistan Railways, Peshawar, Ali Mohammad Afridi has said that operationalisation of the Azakhel Dry Port by January 15, 2016 is not possible.

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Talking to The Nation, he said the PC-1 of different schemes of Pakistan Railways amounting to Rs1022 million, including Rs227 million project of Azakhel Dry Port Project, had been submitted to the Planning Division on April 2015, which is still awaiting approval.

He said that after getting approval from the Planning Division, they will initiate work on the construction of infrastructure, including road widening, crossing levels, tube-well and HS Tank, sheds, officials and other facilities.

Furthermore, he said, the site possessed by World Food Programme (WFP) currently will be returned to the Pakistan Railways on December 31, 2015 and then work on the PC-1 would be started. He said that without the provision of facilities included in the PC-1 of the scheme, the operationalising of Azakhel Dry Port will be impossible.

The Collector, Customs, Peshawar, Qurban Ali Khan during a recent visit to the site of Azakhel Dry Port has directed the operationalisation of the new facility by January 15, 2016. However, the officials of Pakistan Railways and business community termed it impossible as the provision of facilities in new dry port will take sometime.