Governor for repair of KCR through Karachi Development PackageSeptember 22, 2015
Karachi: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan has said that if JICA is not investing in Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project, this crucial urban transport project should be repaired through Karachi Development Package.
Addressing a meeting held at Governor House to review progress of the lingering civic projects of Karachi including KCR, Mass Transit, Lyari Expressway, removal of encroachment from Gujjar Nullah, development of Empress Market and Shuhabuddin Market and installation of surveillance cameras in Saddar, he said these stranded project should completed without further loss of time as these projects have already been too late.
He said the KCR is the backbone of urban public transport system and it should be completed soon. He said efforts should be made to persuade JICA to invest in this project and if JICA is not interested the KCR should be repaired and run through Karachi Development Package.
It is worth mentioning that JICA had already abandoned the KCR revival due to lack of interest of provincial government of Sindh. Citizens of Karachi have been demanding for long to repair the KCR track and run local trains on it without waiting for foreign assistance as Pakistan Railway is fully capable of repairing and running KCR within two months. However, bureaucracy in greed of commission and kickbacks is opposing this idea and is bent to get costly foreign loans for the upgrading of KCR. They neglect the simple fact that the KCR at present does not need upgrading but simple repair.
However, Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad instructed to initiate work on KCR on urgent basis. He asked to reduce sufferings of commuters of Karachi, all approved schemes of Mass Transit should be initiated without wasting more time. He said Mass Transit is necessary to facilitate Karachi commuters.
He asked to complete yet another lingering mega project of the city Lyari Expressway (LEW). He asked to remove remaining encroachments on the LEW land as soon as possible and take best efforts to resettle the affectees in transparent manner.
He said development of Empress Market and Shuhabuddin Market and installation of surveillance cameras in Saddar needs urgent attention of bureaucracy as they are beyond their schedule. He asked to release funds to complete these projects. He also asked to complete removal of encroachments from Gujjar Nullah and ensure these encroachments do not resurface there.
Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Shah and others were present.