Supreme Court (SC) has ordered on Wednesday to make Karachi Circular Railways (KCR) operational in three months.

During the hearing, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed expressed resentment over Sindh government due to its poor performance towards restoration of ventures beneficial for the people.

It seems that provincial administration will be unable to handle the KCR project, he added.

Earlier, Supreme Court (SC) had ordered to demolish all the buildings illegally constructed on railways land.

Justice Gulzar Ahmed had remarked that Sindh government took responsibility to recover circular railways land in Karachi, however, nothing was done in this regard.

Justice Gulzar questioned Clifton Cantonment Board over encroachments in Delhi and Punjab colonies over which, the Cantt official told that this land belongs to the government.

The top judge directed city commissioner to evacuate the occupied land in one week and ordered to demolish all the buildings, housing societies and petrol pumps illegally constructed on railways land.

Earlier this month Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed met Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and discussed the Karachi Circular Railways (KCR) and ML-1 (Main Line 1) projects.

KCR Issue, Rasheed meets Murad

Sheikh Rasheed and Murad Ali Shah exchanged views on current political situation.

However Murad Ali Shah said that the federal government needs to take effective steps for the KCR project, and assured that the Sindh government is creating no obstacles in the project.

“The federal government holds 60 percent shares of the Karachi Urban Transport Corporation (KUTC) while the Sindh government possesses only 40 percent. The KUTC should handed over to the provincial regime.

“38 kilometers of land evacuated out of 40 in anti-encroachment drive for the KCR project and alternate place has must provided to the affectees.”

Moreover Sindh government spokesperson and CM’s Law Adviser Murtaza Wahab told that Pakistan Railways and the provincial regime will reestablish the affactees.