KARACHI: Karachi administration is all set to present its recommendations to the Sindh government to get the project of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) finally started with the cooperation of federal government.
A second meeting was held in this regard to discuss the almost ready plans to set KCR in motion at Commissioner House on Thursday, where several issues were discussed.
The meeting was attended among others by Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Administrator Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Rauf Akhter Farooqui, Managing Director Urban Transport Corporation (KUTC) Shamim Sherazi, Project Director KUTC Ijaz Hussain Khilji, Divisional Superintendant Railway Nisar Ahmed Memon, SSP Railway Police Robin Yameen, Additional Secretary Finance Khalil ur Rehman, Additional Secretary Transport, Ahmed Ali Shah and Additional Commissioner Karachi I Aslam Khoso.
Siddiqui said that the KCR project was imminent with strong back from Sindh government and federal government.
“We are all willing to start the lingering project with determination and willingness and the best is that both the governments, Sindh and federal, are on the same page for the project,” he said.
He said they had decided that all the encroachments lying in the route of the project would be removed with immediate effect without showing any tolerance.
An eight member committee had been constituted by the government to devise recommendations for the project and file it to the federal and Sindh government by May 20, under the supervision of the commissioner. The committee comprised the transport and finance secretaries, KCR managing director, planning director, KMC administrator, additional inspector general of police and deputy superintendent of railway.
Siddiqui further said: “we believe that the provincial government would accept our suggestions for the project as it is itself eager to start it immediately.”
The commissioner said that KUTC is a federal organization and the study and survey report with the organization was fully implementable.
MD KUTC Sherazi said that they needed more than 80 feet wide corridor for the project which would be spread over 43 km distance, starting from Drigh Road in Karachi to City Station.
“There were 46 conditions demanded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which would bear 93 percent of the project cost, and we have fulfilled each of their conditions. We have also requested them to send their appraisal mission to finalize the project,” he said.
Sherazi maintained that the project was a few steps away. First, we would present our recommendations to the Sindh government; second, the Sindh government would pass one of our suggestions to Pakistan government and, then, the project would start appearing physically on the track.
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