Sindh assembly demands revival of abandoned rail service

October 27, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Sindh assembly here on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution demanding urgent revival of the Karachi-Mirpurkhas rail service to facilitate people of Sindh.

Dr Zafar Ahmed Kamali, a MQM lawmaker from Mirpurkhas tabled the resolution that this house resolves and recommends to the government of Sindh to approach the federal government for the revival of railway service operated from Karachi and Hyderabad to Mirpurkhas, especially Mehran Express and Shah Latif Express which is ended after the 27th December 2007 incident and is causing great hardships to the passengers.

Members from both treasury and opposition warmly supported the resolution and demanded that passenger rails should not only be revived on Karachi-Hyderabad-Mirpurkhas route, but all other abandoned rail routes in Sindh including Karachi should be revived. They asked the government to revive the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) on priority. They said in Lahore the citizen enjoy the facilities of local trains as well as metro buses but the commuters in Karachi face a lot of problems due to failure of public transport system.

Giving the examples of India and China the members said the economies of both these countries grew due to their focus on rail-based public transport system. They said in India the urban transport system is based on local rails, while in Karachi the local rail system was closed on the behest of private transporter mafia. They asked the provincial and federal governments to revive the KCR on urgent basis. They also asked to run trams on major roads of Karachi.

The speaker in his remarks said that Karachi must have an underground metro rail system, besides a good mass transit system.

The house passed another resolution of PPPP lawmaker Khairunnisa Mughal that this assembly resolves that the provincial government establish breast cancer diagnostic centers in each district of the province. The members said that mammography facilities should be provided by the government at Taluka level.

A private bill, The Sindh Police Rules, 1934 (amendment) Bill, of Sabir Hussain (MQM) was introduced in the house.

The leader of the opposition Mohammad Shaharyar Khan Mahar (PML-F) tabled an adjournment motion to discuss that the rates of diesel and petrol have been decreased by 10pc but the rates of public transport fares and commodities have not been controlled. However, he was assured by the ministers concerned that this issue would be taken care of. The mover did not further press his motion.

Mohammad Hussain Khan (MQM) tabled a privilege motion that according to the rule 144 of the rules of procedure of the provincial assembly of Sindh, the minister for law and parliamentary affairs in consultation with the finance minister shall include in the list of business the general discussion on release and utilization of budget, on quarterly basis.

However, the mover did not further press the PM, when the minister for law and parliamentary affairs assured that the report would be presented in the next session. Time taken: 14 minutes.

Later, the chair adjourned the house till Monday, November 10, 2014, 10:00am.

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