People of Karachi eyes on Sindh Govt for early revival of Karachi Circular Railway

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Federal Minister for Pakistan Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said the Sindh government has neither provided any design nor carried out the feasibility of the revival of the circular railway, and the day the provincial government does its job, the railways will have the encroached routes of the circular railway cleared given that the provincial government stands by the railway department.

وفاقی وزیر ریلوے نے کراچی سرکلر ریلوے ٹریک کی بحالی میں تاخیر کی ذمہ داری سندھ حکومت پر عائد کردی۔

سندھ حکومت نے تاحال اس منصوبہ کی فزیبلیٹی اور ڈیزائن تیار نہیں کیا، سندھ حکومت جس روز ڈیزائن اور فزیبلیٹی تیار کرلے گی وزارت ریلوے ٹریک کے اطراف جو اراضی رہ گئی اسے بھی خالی کرادیں گے سرکلر ریلوے کا منصوبہ گھر بیٹھ کر نہیں بنے گا اس کے لیے سندھ حکومت کو ہمارے ساتھ کھڑا ہونا پڑے گا۔

The Supreme Court and many higher government officials have reportedly expressed serious interest in Karachi Circular Railway revival (aka KCR). Justice Gulzar Ahmed of the Supreme Court, in November 2018, ordered authorities to have all railway tracks cleared. The drive to clear up Karachi Circular Railway encroachment has already started.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered local authorities to start preparing bogies for the project, along with instructions to expedite the anti-encroachment drive, mostly in the areas near train tracks that fall in the network of Karachi Circular Railway.

Karachi Circular Railway constructed, opened and operated for traffic by PR in the year 1964.

KCR patronized till 1984, 104 trains operated (24 KCR Loop and 80 on main line) carrying over 6.0 million passengers annually.

KCR closed in December 1999 due to Lack of investment in Infrastructure/rolling stock causing:

  • Longer running time;
  • Low frequency of trains;
  • Lack of punctuality;

REVIVAL OF KCR

In October-05 Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) carried out a Feasibility Study of KCR; Final Report (March-06) recommended the Revival of KCR as a viable project.

As per directives of GOP, M/s.Scott Wilson Railways UK re-validated JETRO report in August-2008

JICA sponsored Final Study of the Project under aegis of SAPROF. Report furnished in May-2009 estimating the cost as US$ Million.

ECNEC approved the project on 03-Sep-2009 at a cost of US$ Ml (Rs Rs.82.50=1$)

EIA Study carried out and approved on 04-Jul-09 by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) GOS.

Satellite Imagery of KCR route completed on 26th Oct-2009 by SUPARCO

IEE Report of resettlement site for the affectees of KCR project were prepared and approved by Environmental Protection Agency, Government of Sindh on 26th May 2010.

As per directives of ECNEC, M/s. Louis Berger USA has carried 3rd party validation of SAPROF report, concurred overall concept and planning of project and proposed minor recommendations.

Final report for Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) study furnished to JICA on Oct. 2, 2010.

SALIENT FEATURES OF KCR

  • Route length: 43.12Km, Dual tracks (elevated 22.86Km, tunnel 3.93km, ground km) with 24 stations
  • Trains will operate at 6 min. Headway/Interval : Passengers /Train 1391: Per Day million
  • Electric traction infrastructure with modernized signaling & telecommunication system
  • Interchange facilities with the proposed BRT, LRT & connectivity with existing road network
  • Provision of segmental fare level compatible to bus fare
  • Computerized ticketing , automated gates, vending machines and elevators
  • Stations to have Intermodal facilities: utility kiosks, banks & post office, book shops, libraries – reading rooms, food cafe, cultural centres, parking spaces etc.
  • Station will be provided at the distance of each 1.5 KM to 2 KM.
  • KCR route will be free from level crossings
  • Train will comprise of 6 coaches
  • Train will have separate ladies accommodation
  • Self-activating brake system
  • Increased convenience for elderly and special persons
  • The floor of the coaches will be same as platform level

Present Situation

Here is the approved Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) Plan, which includes its map, initiatives of Sindh Government, the role of Federal Government and Pakistan Railways.

By travelling via Karachi Circular Railway on a daily basis, people would be able to save a lot of time and fuel, plus they would also avoid getting stuck in downright irritating traffic jams. Some major expressways of the city including University Road, Shahrah-e-Faisal and Korangi Road have nearby existence to the KCR route.

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