Chief Minister Sindh approves revival of Karachi Circular Railway project

Karachi, June 07, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has approved the Revival of Karachi Circular Railway project. He was presiding over a high-level meeting at Chief Minister House on Friday. The meeting was attended by the Minister for Information Mr. Sharjeel Inam Memon, Advisor to Chief Minister for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Secretary Sindh Mr. Muhammad Aijaz Chaudhri, Secretary Finance Mr. Suhail Ahmed Rajput, Principal Secretary to CM Mr. Naveed Kamran Baloch, Project Director of Karachi Urban Transport Corporation (KUTC) and other related officials. Addressing the meeting Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that the Karachi Circular Railway is a project long awaited for and it must be now revived in a short span of time.

He said that Karachi is the financial capital of the country whose population is growing day by day, and the current transportation resources are not sufficient for such a huge population. He further said that the high and middle class of the society could afford private vehicles but the lower/labour class is facing immense difficulties due to the shortage of public transport.

This section of society would be the chief beneficiary of this Circular Railway project. So this should be started without further delay. The Chief Secretary Sindh, during meeting, apprised the Chief Minister through Powerpoint presentations that currently there are approximately 47.3 percent Motorcycles, 36.5 percent private vehicles, 4.5 percent Public transport, whereas 9.9% and 1.7% are Paratransit and Contract Carriages respectively.

He told the meeting that the 4.5 percent of Public Transport Vehicles carry 42 percent of total persons traveling in the city. Whereas Private Cars which is 36.5% of total vehicular traffic carries only 21% of persons. This leads to the conclusion that there is still deficiency of Public Transport availability on all major routes in the city and circular railway is the need of the hour, he added.

He further said that the route of Karachi Circular Railway would be run from Nipa KCR Station to North Nazimabad KCR Station then it goes to Lyari, Machhar Colony, Saddar, Kala Pul at Mehran KCR station, and then rounding through PAF Museum Shahrah-e-Faisal and will link Nipa station and the circle goes on.

He added that the trains will be available after every five minutes. He further said that for the proper and effective launching of the project the KCR will be connected with different areas of the city with the help of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), and the passenger living as far as Surjani Town, areas near National Highway, Landhi, Korangi, Steel Mill, Malir and other areas will avail the BRT to reach at KCR stations. This will facilitate at least 2 million passengers on daily basis.

The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah said during the meeting that total length of the project would be 43 kilometers and one passenger would be charged for a full round of journey with maximum Rs.25, which means 50 pesas per kilometer, that is quite affordable price. He said that currently around 0.7 million commuters use public transport on daily basis, but the figure would raise upto 3 million after proper and effective completion of the project.

The meeting was told that this project was first initiated by Japan’s JICA, and then Technical and Financial evaluations were done from companies of Europe and USA on the advice of Planning Commission of Pakistan.

The project would cost 2.6billion US dollars which would make around 247 billion rupees, and this would most probably be completed in 3 to 4 years. The private investor would also be attracted for investment once it takes some physical shape. Chief Minister Sindh said that this is already long-awaited project and it should not see any further delay, so that the common man should get relief as soon as possible.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Allah Bachayo Memon
Press Secretary
Chief Minister House
Tel: +9221 99202019
Cell: +92300-3524057 (Ext: 336)

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