Karachi: Administrator, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, Muhammad Hussain Syed has said that 2013 would be the year of starting the ‘Karachi Circular Railway’ while other transport projects under public-private partnership would also be initiated next year.
He said the KCR project, being launched with cooperation of Japan government bears social and economic importance as it would leave far reaching effects. “The project would provide safe and comfortable travelling facility to 0.7 million commuters daily,” he said during a meeting with Mr. Akitoshi Iio, Senior Advisor for South Asia of Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA who met him at his office.
KMC Administrator said it was heartening to note that 76 Japanese companies are working in Pakistan of which 49 in Karachi alone.
The Japanese delegation is currently visiting Karachi to discuss various matters relating to KCR including providing Japanese loan on easy terms and examining the scope of circular railway in the city.
Administrator told the delegation that Karachi contributes 67 percent to the national exchequer as seven industrial zones were operating here.
Under the project, the KCR would cover Drigh Road, Gulistan-e-Johar, NIPA Chowrangi, Yaseenabad, Liaquatabad, SITE Area, Lyari, Baldia, Tower, Karachi Cantonment, Shaheed-e-Millat Road and Karsaz. The length of the route is 43.24km that includes 15.68km land route, 23.86km flyover and 2.28km underpass besides 1.42km long bridge. There would be 24 stations on this route. Karachi Urban Transport Corporation would operate KCR under public-private partnership. A governing body with representation of Pakistan Railway, Sindh government and KMC would look after the Corporation, as Pakistan Railway has 60 percent, Sindh government 25 percent and KMC 15 percent share in it. An electric train would operate on this route and for this work is underway on certain power projects. Administrator told that a 50KV garbage fired power plant is being established for the purpose.