Karachi needs restoration of circular railway: JI

Karachi: Chief Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman has said that the 20 millions Karachi citizens are in dire need of circular railway.

In a statement on Thursday, the JI leader welcomed the constitution of a high level committee by chief secretary Sindh for restoration of circular railway project in Karachi. However, he made it clear that restoration of the project needs much efforts than forming committee, as a lot of such committee had been formed in past but of no avail, he remembered.

He continued that an accord, in regard with restoration of the project in Karachi, was about to mature with a Japanese firm during the tenure of former city mayor Nematullah khan. Unfortunately, the successive government became a hindered and did not let the project executed. He expressed his dissatisfaction that even those, who claim Karachi, keep Karachi citizens deprived of their due right.

Naeem-ur-Rehman said that the city has been facing acute shortage of transportation facilities for a long time. He commented that the prevailing transportation facilities, including Mazda buses and quite insufficient according to requirement of 20 million dwellers of the city.

He said that at least 5,000 more big buses are required in the city, so as to reduce the miseries of commuters in Karachi at some reasonable extend.

The JI leader was of the view that the restoration of circular railway has been a prolonged demand of Karachi citizen and the project should not be trapped and perished before red-tape culture and the delay tactics being played by bureaucracy.