Pakistan Railways ready to restore Karachi Circular Railway

Karachi (November 11, 2020): Pakistan Railways is ready to resume operation of the Karachi Circular Railway from November 16, 2020.

According to details, in the first phase, trains will run at a distance of 60 km from Pipri to Orangi stations and 4 trains will run in up and down directions. Passengers will be able to travel between Pipri and Orangi stations with an equal difference of 3 hours.

The first train will leave Orangi stations at 7 am, followed by 10 am, 1 pm and 4 pm. Similarly, trains will also leave from Pipri station. In this regard, a fare of Rs 50 per trip has been fixed.

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It may be recalled that the Karachi Circular Railway, which was started in 1964, used to start from Drug Road and end in the middle of the city. The matter was later taken up by the Supreme Court in recent years and in February 2020, the government was ordered to restore the project in three months.

However, the court order could not be implemented, after which on November 10, 2020, the Supreme Court issued contempt of court proceedings against Secretary Railway Habib-ur-Rehman Gilani and Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah for clear delay in completion of Karachi Circular Railway project.

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During the hearing, Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed had warned that matters would not stop here but if need be, the court would summon everyone, including Prime Minister Imran Khan and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah.

The court issued show cause notices to the Secretary Railways and the Chief Secretary Sindh, directing them to appear before the court at the next hearing of the case two weeks later and sought clarification of the reasons for the required delay in completion of the Karachi Circular Railway project.

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