Chairman Railways inspects KCR track and orders trains to increase speed
KARACHI: Pakistan Railways President Habib-ur-Rehman Gilani visited various stations, tracks and crossings of the Karachi Circular Railways (KCR) project on Sunday, ARY News reported.
The President of Pakistan Railways also held an important meeting regarding the revival of the KCR project.
The meeting was attended by Karachi Divisional Superintendent Arshad Salam Khattak, KCR Project Director Ameer Mohammad Daudpota and relevant engineers working on the KCR project.
KCR Project Director Ameer Mohammad Daudpota informed the meeting about the restoration works on KCR. The president also traveled on the train and visited the KCR track from City to Orangi station.
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Gilani inspected the operation of the Pakistani Railways on the restoration works and asked the relevant officials to step up the speed further so that the people of Karachi can benefit from the revival of the KCR project as soon as possible.
He also ordered the speed of the KCR train to be increased.
According to Pakistan Railways, the Karachi circular railway project will be completed in three phases. The length of the KCR project was 43.13 km, of which 14.95 km on the ground and 28.18 km in height. It would have 24 stations and its ridership per day would be approximately 550,000.
The second phase will expand operations to a seven-kilometer track running from Orangi Station to Gilani Station, while the third will see trains run on a nine-kilometer stretch between Gilani Station and Drigh Colony.
The second phase of KCR will cost Rs 8.70 billion, while the third phase would be completed under a public-private partnership.