Karachi Circular Railway may be part of CPEC: Murad

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Salahuddin Haider

Karachi—The Sindh chief minister, keen on getting the Jeti port in Thatta district into CPEC project, said today, he would also like the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) to be included in the list of projects of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
“I will speak to the Prime Minister and the Chinese Ambassador in Islamabad about it” he told the media today after a meeting in which the KCR and other projects were discussed in detail. The additional chief secretary (development), principal secretary to the CM, finance secretary, and secretary energy attended. Their presence showed that Murad appeared determined to see it moving.
Karachi Circular Railway, like the local train of Mumbai (India), had been a major source of convenience for commuters, but was abandoned for unknown reasons in the 70s, although it was running efficiently since long, especially during day time when Ayub Khan was in the saddle.
The outgoing governor Dr Ishratul Ebad had tried several times to revive it, but miles of its tracks, were found missing, and encroachments had appeared on land reserved for the KCR tracks, A multi-purpose project was thrown to the winds, and is now in complete ruins. However, if the CM is serious in reviving it with Chinese help, it would be a great service to the Karachiites, faced with apparently insoluble transport problems.