Karachi—Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project is aimed to minimize traffic congestion, ensure traffic flow and facilitate Karachiites through an alternate mode of transport.
This was stated by Governor Sindh Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan while talking to a delegation of China Social Economic Academy and China Railways led by Mr. Vin which called on him at Governor House here on Sunday. Commissioner Karachi Syed Asif Hyder Shah was also present on the occasion.
Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan said that KCR was an integral part of Karachi Mass Transit and as such its early initiation was needed. It has already been delayed due to various reasons but now was the time to start the same as other mega projects like Green line, Orange line, Blue line, Yellow line and Red line to make Karachi a truly modernize city with regards to transport facilities.
He said that any megapolis is known by its communication and transportation network specially roads and means of transport. For this very reason special emphasis is being laid on construction of various new corridors and also development of other mode of transport like KCR, he added.
The Governor Sindh said that China was the most close and reliable friend of Pakistan which has always stood by Pakistan in most testing times. China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was another proof of the cordially relations between both the countries, he added.
He said that CPEC was the project of prosperity of Pakistan for which all Pakistanis are thankful to Chinese people and Government. CPEC would not only improve infrastructural facilities but would also provide ample employment opportunities and increase industrial production.
Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan said that to ensure security of Chinese Engineers working on CPEC and other projects special security units have been established. A documentary was also shown on the occasion by the Chinese delegation, which contained construction details of Railway tracks, roads, housing and other fields. Mr. Vin informed Governor Sindh that Chinese companies are interested in KCR and other projects in various fields.
While briefing Governor Sindh Managing Director Karachi Urban Transport Corporation (KUTC) informed that total length of KCR is 43.12 KM and its estimated cost is 2.609 billion US dollars. It would have 24 stations and the maximum speed of the train would by 100 KM per hour with average speed of 40 KM per hours, he added.
The MD further informed that trains would operate from 6 am to 11 pm and have six minutes duration between trains. KCR was closed in December 1999 due to lack of passengers he said and added that boundary wall would be constructed around the track of KCR so as to protect the same from encroachers and illegal occupants.