Karachi Circular Railway inaugurated by PM Imran Khan

Sept 27, 2021: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday inaugurated the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project at the cantonment railway station.

The Prime Minister began his address by talking about the importance of Karachi, saying that this city, despite its importance, has unfortunately been in decline due to many problems. As a result, the whole country was affected.

The Prime Minister spoke about the transportation problems in the metropolis as well as the water shortage facing the citizens. He said that both the central and provincial governments have to work together to solve the problems facing Karachi.

The KCR expected to be completed in less than two years and would ferry nearly half-a-million passengers daily.

Yesterday, on Sunday, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail announced that the visit by the prime minister would bring several other “good news” for Karachiites.

Founded in 1964, KCR was originally created to help Pakistan Railways employees travel between their workplaces (around city and cantonment railway stations) and their residences in the eastern suburbs of Karachi. had gone.

The service was later transformed into a 44 km radius in 1970 and connected four major working areas of Karachi – the port, the Sindh Industrial Trading Estate (SITE), the city’s main commercial area such as Saddar and the Landhi Industrial Area.

KCR remained the preferred mode of transport for the people of Karachi until 1984 when the number of its trains dwindled. The reasons for the move include a lack of maintenance and repairs, rising fuel costs due to operational costs and a reduction in revenue due to subsidized tickets, and government spending on improving tracks and stations. This includes the incompetence of the government.

KCR finally closed in 1999, forcing thousands of its daily subscribers to travel by bus.

With today’s KCR groundbreaking ceremony and the expected launch of the Green Line bus service, the federal government sees that the transport crisis in Karachi is largely finding a solution.

According to Governor Sindh, Imran Ismail, “The Green Line service would be inaugurated next month and soon after the K-IV [water supply] project would be inaugurated, after completion, the K-IV project would cater to the needs of the city and solve the issue of water shortage.”

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