KCR committees go sleeping

KARACHI: Different committees formed by the government to revive and run the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) have gone sleeping, as the government itself is not serious to expedite this very important public transport sector project of Karachi.

After initial enthusiasm, meetings, statements, conference and tall claim this ministerial committee soon lost steam and went in deep slumber. Today no one knows if this ministerial committee is dead or alive.

The government again form yet another committee headed Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, with KMC Administrator, KCR and Karachi Urban Transport Corporation Director, Divisional Superintendent Railway, Karachi Mass Transit Director, Finance Deputy Secretary, Transport Secretary and Railways SSP as its members. This committee also followed suit of the ministerial committee of the government of Sindh and went in deep slumber

However, the federal railway minister in April last had announced that the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) Project would be completed within present tenure of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) governments to provide modern, rapid and low cost transportation facilities at least to the 0.7 million commuters per day. However, about 10 months have already passed and there is not a progress of even a single inch on KCR revival and many Karachiites believe that this claim of PML-N government to revive the KCR is not different from their election campaign claims to end load shedding in Pakistan.

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