Karachi: The repair work on stations, tracks and gates of the Karachi Circular Railways (KCR) has begun in order to make the project operational within three months. To this effect, the Pakistan Railways has also issued six tenders for the installation of signals and telecommunication works at nine stations.
According to details, the government intends to make the KCR section between City Station and Orangi Town operational within three months and work on the project has begun in earnest.
The six tenders issued for signals and telecommunications at nine stations are estimated to cost PKR 50 million. These stations include the ones located at Karachi Port Trust (KPT), Wazir Mansion, Lyari, Baldia Town, Shah Abdul Latif Town, and Sindh Industrial Trading Estate (SITE).
KCR is expected to be revived in two phases and the government has allocated PKR 1.8 billion for the initiative under the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) this year.
Ministry of Railways Divisional Superintendent Arshad Khattak on Saturday announced that the project to restore the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) track has been prepared and the work on it will soon begin, a news source reported. He visited both the track locations to review them.
According to details, Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shalwani visited the location where the restoration work on the KCR track is underway (between City Station and Orangi). He also visited the Urdu College area where 4-kilometre track of KCR has been damaged by drains and are to be replaced with new tracks. He then visited the Nazimabad Station to review another section of the damaged tracks.
Shalwani, while providing the details of the restoration work, said that the new sewerage line will also be laid in the Urdu College area so that any damage to the tracks could be avoided in the future. The Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) has also been instructed to initiate the work on it