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SC detailed verdict for revival of KCR project within six months

Karachi: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday in its detailed verdict, directed the Pakistan Railways to revive the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project within six months.

The apex court has issued instructions to the federal secretary to ensure the supply of the funds needed to the Pakistan Railways (PR) for the project’s completion.

The verdict was passed by a three-member bench that included Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Faisal Arbab. The bench was informed that the Pakistan Railway required funds of approximately PKR 6 billion for the project.

The verdict referred to a presentation by the attorney general, advocate general, railways secretary, and the Sindh chief secretary, among other provincial and federal officials.

As per the presentation, KCR’s revival can be planned in two ways. The first option is to revive the project as it was before its closure, and the second option is that it’s made part of the China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor (CPEC) initiative under a new design infrastructure.

The apex court endorsed the first option to revive the project under existing patterns, and asked it to be completed in the already issued timeline that expires in six months’ time. The judgement allowed the Pakistan Railway to plan an upgrade of the KCR (under CPEC), but without compromising the already functioning section of the KCR.

The bench directed the Sindh government to develop underpasses and overhead bridges needed at level crossings to prevent any traffic hazards in the area.

Moreover, the bench asked that a detailed report on the progress of the KCR revival project should be presented before the SC on March 26.

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