Supreme Court gives 9-month deadline for KCR completion

Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) has given a nine-month deadline to authorities to complete and operationalize Karachi Circular Railaway (KCR).

Expressing his views while hearing KCR restoration case at Supreme Court Karachi Registry on Thursday (today), CJP Gulzar Ahmed gave a nine-months ultimatum to authorities to complete KCR project.

During the hearing, the top judge inquired about notable hurdles regarding the project, especially various encroachments on KCR track.

Meanwhile, Secretary Railways apprised the court that Green Line bus track near Nazimabad is a major hurdle in the KCR track. However, the track is operational from city station to Pipri station.

During the hearing, Justice Ijazul Ahsan said that authorities should at least complete the work for which they have already received Rs 25 million.

It is to be noted that KCR was partially operationalized in November 2020 last year after a period of 21 years, with four trains operating between Orangi and Pipri.

The Orangi-City station KCR track spans across 14 kilometers and comprises of six stations along with 12 level crossings.

‘KCR-1 Up’ leaves from Orangi station and passes through Manghopir, SITE, Shah Abdul Latif, Baldia, Lyari, and Wazir Mansion while en route to City station.