Infrastructure project Worth 20.7 Billion for KCR Approved
Islamabad, In a meeting of Executive Committee of National Economic Council chaired by Finance Minister Shokat Tarin on Friday, gave a go-ahead to infrastructure for removal of 22 level crossings and construction of flyovers and underpasses along with the route of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR). The project that is worth 20.715 billion is being carried out to ensure the free movement of world-class environment-friendly electric trains. The total length of the route is 43 kilometers. The meeting was attended by the deputy chairman planning division, federal secretaries, and the representatives of provincial governments.
Asad Umar Minister for Planning and Special Initiatives had already told in a gathering while receiving Green Line buses that Prime Minister would be the chief guest groundbreaking ceremony of the project. he also cleared that the ECNEC has approved an Rs20.7 billion infrastructure project for the KCR. Last year the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered the Pakistan Railway to revive the Karachi Circular Railway. The court had also advised the provincial government to provide the necessary infrastructure in this regard.
In line with the order of the apex court, the Railway authorities had partially re-opened the operation after more than two decades. However, the minister for planning and development Asad Umer advised the railway authorities to complete all codal formalities for the groundbreaking of infrastructure by the end of September.
The people of Karachi have suffered a log traveling on the roads They remained in long traffic jams for hours. They also face the problems like wastage of time, wastage of money and above all a poor hygienic and health conditions. We hope that with the KCR becoming operational in letter and in spirit the Karacheets will be able to overcome their transportation issues to a great extent. It will also have a positive impact on the economic activities in the city in particular and in the country in general.