The Karachi Circular Railway’s original route has changed following incomplete arrangements and to be resumed as per the initial plan.
According to Pakistan Railway officials, the first KCR train was scheduled to depart from the Orangi station at 7am on November 19, followed by subsequent departures at 10am, 1pm, and 4pm.
As per the changed route, the KCR will move from Pipri to City station, said the officials, adding that it will not travel towards Orangi station from City station.
Explaining the reason, the officials said that the 14-km long track from Orangi station to City station could not be cleared in time.
“Railway engineers and experts have not given clearance for the 14-km track,” said an official, adding: “Level crossing on the 14-km route to Orangi station is a big problem.”
Meanwhile, the train could not travel at more than 35km/hr on the 14-km track, said sources.
Furthermore, the Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed has that the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) will start its operation from Thursday, November 19.
While addressing a conference in Islamabad, the Railways Minister said that KCR will be made a modern urban transport system.
KCR’s fare has been fixed at fifty rupees per travel, said Sheikh Rasheed.
Rasheed also highlighted the Gilgit-Baltistan elections held on 15 November and said the elections took place in the most transparent manner.
“Election is the triumph of democracy. He said the PTI will form a government in the region with a two-thirds majority,” said the Railways Minister.