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KCR venture to now be sorted by Pakistan Railways: ECC

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KCR project to now be looked after by Pakistan Railways: ECC

The Karachi Circular Railway venture will now be sorted the Pakistan Railways, based on a call introduced on Saturday by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC).

The ECC mentioned it’s taking again its determination of handing over the venture to the Sindh authorities.

According to Geo News, the choice was reversed on the advice of the secretary of the Cabinet Division.

Therefore, all upgradation and operation work of the Rs739 billion venture has been assigned to the Ministry of Railways.

Earlier, as a consequence of objections put forth by the ministry, the venture had been handed over to the Sindh authorities.

In a parallel growth, approval to incorporate MQM Pakistan’s Javed Hanif within the Karachi Transformation Plan Committee was accorded.

The venture confronted a number of setbacks earlier than it turned partially operational again in November.

SC orders revival

In February 2020, a three-member bench headed by CJP Gulzar Ahmed and comprising Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah had directed Pakistan Railways and Sindh authorities to take away all encroachments from the lands meant for the long-delayed round railway system within the metropolis inside six months.

Then, on November 10, the courtroom issued a contempt discover to each over failure to revive KCR.

The bench directed Sindh chief secretary, railways secretary, and the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) director-general to seem in particular person and temporary the courtroom on why the venture continues to be not operational.

“We will call everyone. If need be, even the premier and chief minister will be called,” noticed the highest choose.

Project inaugurated

On November 19, Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed inaugurated the much-awaited venture on the City Station in Karachi.

Addressing a post-launch ceremony, Ahmed mentioned 4 trains will function day by day from Pipri to the City Station within the first part. The fare has been determined at Rs30 per route whereas the touring cross will probably be bought at Rs750.

Read: Karachi Circular Railway revived after 20 years

Ahmed mentioned the KCR may also be prolonged to different components of town. “Rs1.8 billion have been earmarked for the project — out of which Rs17 million have been spent,” he mentioned. “A KCR coach cost Rs900,000.”

Sindh chief minister issued contempt discover

Subsequently, on November 26, the apex courtroom issued a contempt discover to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah over failure to implement orders pertaining to the clearing of sure portion of the tracks.

During a listening to, the highest choose noticed that the work ought to have been accomplished in two months and requested the director normal of Frontier Works Organization (FWO) to elucidate why the work has not began but.

“We have submitted a design plan to the Sindh government and are awaiting approval,” the FWO director normal instructed the bench.

The bench issued a contempt discover to the provincial chief minister and show-cause discover to secretary railways, giving them two weeks to submit a reply. The listening to was adjourned until December 2.

The KCR venture

Initiated in 1964, the previous KCR route began from Drigh Road and led to downtown Karachi. After struggling losses for years, it ceased operations in 1999.

The Karachi Circular Railways revival venture consists of the transformation of the previous route right into a mass transit system with the full size of the railway observe anticipated to be 50 kilometers.

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