Encroachments, finance main hurdles in KCR revival

KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui in a press briefing on Tuesday said that, on the directives of Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique, Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project was being planned.

Administrator Karachi Rauf Akhter Farooqui and eight members of the committee, including representative of Karachi Urban Transport Corporation (KUTC), formed to plan this project were also present on the occasion.

The commissioner said that with a strong will we were determined to complete this project. Though, various points of the project have been discussed, but, the eight member committee would table a complete plan regarding KCR on next Wednesday (7th May).

“There is a strong support for this project from federal and provincial governments, as both the governments are on the same page regarding the project,” he said.

The administrator said that this project was a spinal cord of Karachi’s transportation system and we were all set with determination and complete consensus to make it. Surveys have also been done in this regard.

Replying a question, he said that there could be two big hurdles in this project one was finance and the other was encroachments.

“As far as encroachments are concerned we have been successful in our campaign throughout the city. So, in my opinion, it will not be a big problem for us to remove encroachments from the railway track,” he said.

Fare of the KCR would be cheaper than normal public transport, 50 paisa per km, and I hope that people would prefer to travel in KCR rather than private vehicles, as we were trying to make it a high standard transport, he said.

Replying to a query, he said that political parties were not witnessed to misguide people in our campaign against encroachments. In fact, every political party had supported us. Empress Market in Saddar was a good example for this.

Representative of KUTC said that every project needs leadership and political will and fortunately we have both. We were given a deadline of May 20th to present a complete report to the higher authorities and we hoped to give it sooner than that.

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