KARACHI: Karachi Urban Transport Corporation (KUTC) Project Coordinator Shaikh Talib Fatah on Monday rubbished the news of cancellation of the promised grant of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) and said such news may harm the much-needed project of Karachi and resultantly common men would have to suffer.
He told PPI that KUTC was constantly in contact with JICA and everybody in wonder was asking from each other that how did this baseless news got viral on media. He said; however, one thing was true that the Japanese government was worried about nomination of JICA’s name by plaintiffs in a court case about encroachment and unfortunately they have put around 80 percent of their development projects in Pakistan on standstill for fear of defamation through the case.
Residents of Jumma Goth in Korangi have registered a case against 11 organisations including JICA, KUTC, Karachi Railway Police, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Anti-encroachment Department and Sindh Transport Department, sources told PPI.
“JICA is a celebrated international donor agency. Why do we not understand that it is not a party in removing encroachment from the government land? We have ensured JICA’s Islamabad office and Tokyo office as well that there is no such thing on our part and the news regarding cancellation is just a rumor,” Fateh said, adding the government would adopt legal process to get removed JICA’s name from court.
He said KCR was one of the rare projects in the country on which the government has exempted taxes. Over 150 cities across the world have already adopted the technology KCR was going to introduce first time in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, sources told due to the Sindh government’s lack of interest, the KCR project had been making virtual no progress for months. “Had it not been the case it would have much progressed as yet”.
The sources said that for years the government is paying millions of rupees every month for salaries and other expenses of the Karachi Urban Transport Corporation (KUTC) Project, without any progress on this much-delayed project.
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