CM vows to provide alternative places to affectees of KCR

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Staff Reporter
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has vowed to provide alternative places to the affectees of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project.
Talking to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority (CPECA) Chairman Asim Saleem Bajwa, who called on him at the CM House on Friday, Murad Ali Shah said that razing people’s houses to the ground is painful, adding that the provincial cabinet has decided that nobody should be made homeless. He said that the Sindh government was taking measure to rehabilitate the affectees of KCR at alternative places. On the occasion, Asim Saleem Bajwa said that the Sindh government has decided to lay 105-kilometer railway track to connect Thar and Chachro. He maintained that Malir Expressway will also be constructed soon.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court had ordered to make Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) operational within six months. A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah had heard the KCR revival case at the Supreme Court Karachi Registry.
At the outset of the hearing, Advocate General Sindh Salman Talibuddin had presented KCR revival plan in the apex court and added that important development had been made on the project. Moreover, Ameer Jamaat-Islami (JI) Karachi Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman has said Despite Supreme Court (SC) directives, around 240 displaced families on Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) land are not yet provided shelter, Karachi. Addressing affectees of Quaid-Azam Colony, Gharibabad Railway Pattak under ‘solidarity and aid’ camp arranged by JI Public Aid Committee, he said even after more than seven months, authorities did not materialise their promise, which is tantamount to defiance of SC orders. JI Ameer said revamping of Circular Railway is a daydream as not a single step has so far been taken in this direction, he remarked and also demanded authorities to take action against corrupt involved in allotting railway land illegally.