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SC orders to remove encroachments from KCR track


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

24th Sep, 2020. 01:50 pm
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The Supreme Court of Pakistan while hearing the case regarding the revival of Karachi Circular Railways (KCR) has ordered Pakistan Railways to get clear the land along the track

According to the details, during the proceedings, Pakistan Railways counsel told the court that the railway has submitted its report to the court over the matter.

Chief Justice Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed said that the pictures in the report explain nothing.

He added that in these photographs the land seen under encroachments.

“How the train will run when the land adjacent to track has been under encroachment,” the CJP questioned.

“The path for running a train has been cleared,” CEO Railways told the court.

“Take tractor with you and demolish all encroachments,” the top judge said.

The court ordered Pakistan Railways to get clear the land along the railway track.

KCR to be operational within 6 months

Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed claimed earlier that Karachi Circular Railway will get operational in six months in collaboration with Sindh Government.

He said the Supreme Court has directed to complete the project in six months.

Sheikh Rasheed said that the federal and the Sindh governments are on the same page in materializing this project.

Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said housing colonies illegally constructed on railways land and financial crunch are the biggest hurdles in this regard.

KCR

The KCR which was commissioned in 1964, originally to help employees of the Pakistan Railways travel between their jobs, the service became a full circle of 44km in 1970 and connected Karachi’s four main work areas: the port, the Sindh Industrial Trading Estate (SITE), the city’s central commercial areas such as Saddar and the Landhi Industrial Area.

The KCR remained the public transport of choice for the people of Karachi till 1984 when the number of its trains was reduced.