SC orders underpasses, flyovers on KCR route



The Supreme Court has directed authorities concerned to initiate work on the construction of underpasses and flyovers on the route of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed on Thursday issued the order while hearing a case related to Karachi Circular Railway and encroachment on railways land at the SC Karachi registry.

In a written verdict issued, the apex court’s Karachi Registry directed the Sindh government to approve PC-1 of the KCR project in one month.

The court also directed authorities concerned to immediately start work on the construction of underpasses and flyovers on the KCR route.The top court also directed the Sindh government to release funds for the construction of flyovers and underpasses on KCR tracks.

The apex court in its written order also approved the new design of the Karachi Circular Railway prepared by the Frontier Works Organization (FWO).

It is noteworthy to mention here that the Sindh government had allocated Rs5 billion funds for the construction of the underpasses and flyovers.

The Sindh government last year had announced a partnership with the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) to revive the Karachi Circular Railway.It was decided that FWO will construct underpasses and flyovers on KCR tracks, whereas, the security wall on all the routes will be constructed by the provincial transport department.

According to Pakistan Railways, the Karachi Circular Railway project will be completed in three phases. The length of the KCR project was 43.13km, including 14.95km on the ground and 28.18km elevated. It would have 24 stations and its per-day ridership would be around 550,000.

The second phase will expand operations to a seven-kilometer track running from Orangi Station to Gilani Station, while the third will see trains running over a nine-kilometre stretch between Gilani Station and Drigh Colony.

Moreover, the SC issued written order in the Karachi encroachment case and granted seven more days to city authorities to clear all encroachments near Aladin Amusement Park.

In a written order, the apex court has directed the concerned authorities to raze the Pavilion End Club and shopping centre located near the water park within one week.

The court has directed the Karachi commissioner to submit a report on Aladin park encroachment within one week. The SC also handed over the administration of Aladinpark to the Karachi commissioner.

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