Minister dispels rumours about JICA withdrawal from KCR Project


KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Transport Mumtaz Hussain Jakhrani on Thursday dispelled rumours regarding withdrawal of Japanese company, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), from Karachi Circular Railway project.

Talking to media at his office, Jakhrani said that neither there was a written nor an oral withdrawal sent to Sindh government by JICA. “All stakeholders, including JICA and provincial and federal governments, are interested in completing this project in order to provide relief to the masses,” he said.

The minister said that Sindh government’s committee to prepare proposals on KCR project, headed by the Karachi Commissioner, met different stakeholders and encroachers and devised a plan to clear the 8-km long KCR track from encroachers. “The committee’s proposals on KCR would be given final nod in the next meeting between Minister Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique and Chief Minister Sindh.”

To a query regarding delay in tax exemption on equipment to JICA from Sindh government, he said that the cabinet had approved the exemption while the summary for the exemption would be signed soon after encroachment on the KCR track is cleared and JICA would agree to bring its equipment.

He said that the provincial government was committed to complete KCR project within the tenure of the current government and there was no hindrance from any quarter in this regard.

He said that the provincial government was sincere in resolving transport issues of the city and said that not only KCR project but the government had also approved 380 buses to be run on Karachi roads.

“In this mass transit project, we will be launching three colour buses which included yellow line, green line and red line,” adding that the government had invited tenders and the successful bidders would be given tender in 45 days and the project will be completed within five-years.

He said that not only for Karachi but 100 buses will also be run within different cities of Sindh and their process had also begun and it would be completed soon.

The minister said he visited Lahore to find out drawbacks in Metro Bus Project in order to avoid those mistakes in mass transit project in Sindh.

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