Preparations are being made for test trial of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project, as six-month deadline set by the Supreme Court for making this project functional, is approaching next month.
Karachi Commissioner Mr. Iftikhar Ali Shallwani held a meeting regarding the revival of the Karachi Circular Railways (KCR).
Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shalwani inspected the track laying process started by Pakistan Railways.
Track restoration began on July 1 and 30 km of track will be repaired and restored in the first phase.
Restoration work of 9 km track from City Station to Shah Latif has also been completed.
Commissioner Karachi said that the project should be completed as per the orders of the Supreme Court. A new track will be laid on the four kilometer railway line up to Depot Hill.
Construction of overhead bridge at Nazimabad would soon be completed.
The federal government has allocated Rs. 1.8 billion for the mass transit project in the Public Sector Development Programme, PSDP, for the FY 2020-21 and the track work has been initiated by PR itself, while tenders have been floated for rehabilitation of stations falling in the project, which will be opened on July 23.
According to the budget document, the Sindh government has allocated Rs230 million for the fencing along the existing alignment of the KCR. Additionally, Rs5 billion is estimated for the construction of the flyovers and the underpasses on the railway crossing along with the KCR that has June 2022 as its targeted date of completion.
“There is no issue of encroachments now on ROW, as all the illegal settlements have been demolished and the provincial government is in full liaison with Pakistan Railways in all the matters pertaining to revival of KCR” commented the Divisional Superintendent (DS) Pakistan Railways Karachi Arshad Salam Khattak, when enquired about anti-encroachment operation.
He added that within 2 months the track between Karachi city and Korangi will be completed.
After the completion of a thirteen kilometers ground track, the Railways is going to launch its test trial of the KCR, said Khattak.
The project in total is of 12.63 kilometers, whereas 30.75 km is raised with 24 railways stations out of which fourteen will be elevated. Between every station, the average distance will be of 1.8 km.
While explaining the phase-wise revival of KCR, he said that initially during the first phase a trial-base operation would be started from City to Orangi within a period of next three months and two trains per hour would carry the commuters to their destined places.
However, during the second phase the entire track would be made functional by dualization, upgradation and improving signaling system. “High-class Real Estate development in the restored KCR project would give it a state-of-art look” added the DS.
The National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK) is the lead and technical consultant of the KCR revival project while the AKHUND Forbes is the legal consultant. ProMag is also the technical consultant with expertise in the real estate, the China Railway Engineering Corporation is a technical sub-consultant and the Hang Law associates is the project’s legal sub-consultant. The KMPG is the financial consultant.