China to include KCR in CPEC-related projects

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The Chinese government authorities have assured the Sindh government that they would pursue Circular Railways, Keti Bandar and other projects to officially include them in CPEC related projects.

This emerged during a meeting held between Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and a high-powered Chinese government delegation led by Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan Mr Nong Rong.

The other delegation members were Chinese Consul General Mr. Li Bijian, Defence Attaché Maj Gen. Chen Wen Rong, Consular Mr. Bao Zhong, Deputy Defence Attaché Mr Senior Col. Ji Xinqi and others.

The chief minister told the delegation that on the request of his government Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) was included in CPEC on December 3, 2016.

The project was approved and included in 6th Joint Coordination Committee (JCC). He added that the project was approved by ECNEC at a cost of $1.97 billion in October 2017.

The visiting high-power delegation assured the chief minister that they would take up the KCR projects in the CPEC related meeting.

Shah said that Keti bandar was located about 107 km from Thatta city and 150 km from Karachi via Gharo which is very promising in terms of future prospects.

He added that the Keti Bandar project was an important part of the Sindh government strategy towards developing the energy sector.