Karachi Circular Railway to restore operations from Nov 16: Pakistan Railways

It has been announced by Pakistan Railways that Karachi Circular Railway will be restored. The operations will be resumed from Nov 16.

According to a press release, eight up and down passenger trains will run daily, for which the maximum fare will be Rs50.

According to the details, Railway officials said that in accordance with the orders by the Supreme Court, Pakistan Railways is seeing to the phase-wise restoration of the Circular Railway.

In the first phase, beginning Monday, November 16, trains from Pipri station will pass through Landhi, Malir, Drigh Road, Cantt, City, Kemari, Wazir Mansion, Lyari, Gulbai, Site, Shah Abdul Latif and Orangi stations.

Four trains of five bogeys each will operate daily between Pipri and Orangi simultaneously at 7 am, 10 am, 1 pm and 4 pm.

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The distance between both stations is 60 kilometres.

For the restoration of KCR, Pakistan Railways has refurbished 15 bogies located in Islamabad, which are likely to reach Karachi in 2 to 3 days.

SC issues show-cause notices over failure to clear KCR track

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court issued show-cause notices to the Sindh chief secretary (CS) and Secretary Railway over the government’s failure to ensure the removal of encroachments from the KCR track.

The court ordered the Chief Secretary, the Secretary Railway and DG FWO to appear before the court on the next date of hearing.

A three-member bench of the court headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed and comprising Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhtar heard the case regarding colossal losses incurred by Pakistan Railway.

During the course of proceedings, the chief justice asked Secretary Railways and the Chief Secretary Sindh to inform the court why the KCR project had not yet been activated.

The Railways lawyer said that they have asked Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) for satellite pictures of the track.

The government would remove all the intrusions soon, he said.

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