Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has said that his government is committed to provide Rs6 billion for development works to be carried out for full operation of existing Karachi Circular Railway but vowed to realize the dream of launching a modern KCR in the city for people of this megalopolis city.
This, he said, while presiding over a meeting of KCR at the CM House. The meeting was attended by Minister Transport Awais Qadir Shah, Minister Local Government Nasir Shah, Adviseron law MurtazaWahab, Advocate General Sindh Salman Talibuddin, Chairperson P&D Shireen Narejo, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi, Co0mmader FWO Brigadier Hafeez Abbasi, Brigadier Mohammad YasirEllahi of FWO, PD KCR Ameer Daudpoto and others. Chairman Pakistan Railways Habib-ur-Rehman Gilani attended the meeting through video link.
The meeting was told that the rehabilitation of the existing track from Drigh Colony/Drigh Road to Karachi City station on loop section has been started and so far it has 50 percent physical progress. The rehabilitation of a 14 km track from City station to Orangistation has been completed with two trains operating daily from February 10, 2021.
It may be noted that the KCR, existing set up, has 44 kilometers length with 30-kilometer Loop and 14 km main line length.
The FWO has to start construction of three structures on the KCR route and an elevated 6.4 kilometers structure for Rs11.508 billion against which the provincial government has to pay Rs6 billion as its share.
The Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said that he would fulfil his commitment when work would be started. Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah urged the railway authorities to get the PC-I of the project approved from the federal government. He also urged the railway authorities to carry out fencing work on the KRC route.