Meeting on Revival of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) on 18-01-2020

Meeting on Revival of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) on 18-01-2020

Posted on: 22 Jan 2020   Tags:

A meeting to discuss the Revival of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) was held on Saturday, 18th January, 2020 in Planning & Development Department, Government of Sindh. Chairman CPEC Authority, Lt. Gen. (Retd) Asim Bajwa, Mr. Muhammad Waseem, Chairman, Planning & Development Board (P&DB) Sindh, senior officials of Pakistan Railway, senior officials of Government of Sindh, Commissioner Karachi, and all Deputy Commissioners of Karachi attended the meeting.

Improved coordination between federal and provincial governments for addressing KCR related issues at federal and provincial levels were discussed in detail. Mr. Waseem gave a comprehensive background of KCR and major steps required to expedite the progress on KCR. He stated that issues of sharing framework agreement, extending sovereign guarantee, and request for concessional financing need to expedited at federal level. This will be very helpful in boosting confidence of all stakeholders and giving thrust at ground level for joint efforts of federal and provincial entities. He further stated that encroachments from KCR track have been removed significantly and there is need to fence the track for which Government of Sindh have earmarked sufficient resources and eager to complete the task with the help of city administration.

Chairman P&DB further expressed the strategic importance of KCR. He told that KCR, complemented with Bus Rapid Transit Projects (BRTs) of Karachi, is the lynchpin for providing seamless connectivity between Port Qasim, National Highways, Special Economic Zones of Dhabeji, Industrial Hubs, Residential Districts, and Downtown.

Chairman, CPEC Authority showed his profound encouragement by the passion of Government of Sindh and assured his full cooperation to help in resolving issues at federal level and those at provincial level between federal and provincial governments. He stressed the need to continue with the momentum and work hard to realize this project of national importance.

The meeting concluded with a very positive note that all stakeholders will work closely to expedite progress on KCR.