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Sindh, Centre on same page to revive KCR: Rasheed

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said on Sunday that the Sindh government was fully cooperating with its federal counterpart to restore the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) in the light of the Supreme Court’s (SC) directives in this regard.

Speaking to media, the minister said that there was no tussle with the Sindh government on the project and that the KCR map will be shared Monday.

Maintaining that the Sindh government and Centre were on the same page regarding on the project, Rasheed said that his ministry will fully implement the orders of the apex court.

Noting that the government is spending over Rs10 billion on the project, he said that the top court has issued orders regarding the removal of encroachments along railway tracks.

The SC on Thursday directed Pakistan Railways to retrieve its land along the KCR and demolish encroachments on the track.

Rasheed further said that he would come to Karachi every 15 days to inspect the progress on the project.

The KCR which was commissioned in 1964, originally to help employees of the Pakistan Railways travel between their jobs, the service became a full circle of 44km in 1970 and connected Karachi’s four main work areas: the port, the Sindh Industrial Trading Estate (SITE), the city’s central commercial areas such as Saddar and the Landhi Industrial Area.

The KCR remained the public transport of choice for the people of Karachi till 1984 when the number of its trains was reduced.