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SC issues contempt notice to Sindh CM in KCR case

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

26th Nov, 2020. 12:39 pm
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Murad Ali Shah

Pakistan Supreme Court on Thursday issued a contempt notice to Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah over the provincial government’s failure to approve the design of development work for the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project.

According to the details, a three-judge Supreme Court bench comprising the Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Muneeb Akhtar had taken up a suo motu case relating to the colossal losses incurred by the Pakistan Railways (PR).

During the case proceedings, the CJ remarked that work on the KCR project was supposed to be wrapped up within two months.

“Just the overhead bridge and some other work remain [to be completed],” he observed. “Why has the FWO [Frontier Works Organisation] not begun its work?”

The FWO director general replied that the government of Sindh had not yet awarded the contract for the underpass. The director-general said that the FWO had sent the design to the provincial government which had not yet approved it.

After hearing the arguments, the Apex Court while issuing a contempt notice to the Sindh chief minister for failing to comply with the court’s orders, directed him to submit a response at the next hearing in two weeks.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan Railways resumed the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR), between City Station to Pipri on November 19th .

Trains trains have stopovers at Manghopir, SITE, Shah Abdul Latif, Baldia, Lyari, Wazir Mansion, Karachi City Station, Karachi Cantt Station, Departure Yard, Drigh Road, Drigh Colony, Airport, Malir Colony, Malir, Landhi, Jumma Goth, Bin Qasim and Baldia Nullah before reaching Marshalling Yard Pipri railway station. For the down track, the local train will depart from Marshalling Yard railway station, covering the same stops to reach Orangi railway station.

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