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Old August 18th, 2012, 11:02 AM   #11981
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Old August 21st, 2012, 01:01 AM   #11982
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Truckers delight: Three modern truck terminals planned



Three new truck terminals are being planned on the outskirts of Karachi to ease the flow of traffic in the city.
The terminals equipped with all modern trucking facilities will be built by the Sindh Transport Department at a cost of Rs22 billion. The project will be funded by local and foreign firms, including the provision of land for the three terminals. They will be named Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Truck Terminals, sources in the transport department told The Express Tribune.
One truck stop each will be constructed along all the three major highways of Karachi: the National Highway, the Super Highway and the Northern Bypass near the RCD Highway. The terminals would be spread over an area ranging between 250 acres and 400 acres. Each terminal will be equipped with modern security systems, including closed-circuit television cameras and vehicle tracking. The facility would also include offices, hotels, mosques, automobile workshops, hostels, auditoriums and cinemas. The truckers will be provided parking space and all other facilities to keep them away from parking their vehicles on the roads and illegal truck stands in Karachi, the sources said.
The parking areas of the terminal will be completed within three months while the whole project will take three years to complete.
“We are taking these initiatives to reduce the traffic pressure in Karachi and to provide a secure and peaceful environment to the truckers,” said Ali Nawaz Panhwar, the transport deputy secretary, while talking to The Express Tribune,
The project is awaiting the finalisation of the deal between the Sindh government and a private company, Integrated Consulting Services, which will fund the project. A committee has been formed, including representatives of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and provincial police, transport, home and law departments, to iron out the agreement.
All stakeholders, including transporters, are being taken into confidence regarding the project, Panhwar said.
The official was very optimistic about the project in terms of reducing the traffic problems of Karachi. Road jams in Karachi will reduce substantially as only those trucks will be allowed to enter Karachi that are to be loaded or unloaded, the rest will stay at the terminals, he said. According to Panhwar, the truck terminals will be Pakistan’s first to be built on international standards. The sponsoring companies will provide water, electricity and other civic facilities at the site and the truckers will be able to avail them on minimal daily charges.
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Old August 21st, 2012, 01:03 AM   #11983
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Revival of Karachi Circular Railway: Pakistan, Japan set to sign $2.5 billion loan agreement


Pakistan and Japan are likely to sign a 'pledge agreement' for releasing over $2.5 billion sanctioned for the revival of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) by October this year. The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved KCR's revised cost estimates, increasing it to $2.56 billion from the earlier estimate of $1.5 billion.

A pledge agreement would be signed with Tokyo for securing loan disbursement, Business Recorder learnt. According to sources, another survey team from Japan is scheduled to visit Karachi next month to finalise the loaning process. Following the team's report and pledge agreement, the process of releasing the loan is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Once fund release start, resettlement of thousands of people displaced because of the project would be started.

Ecnec has also chalked out a way out for resolving the pending issue of 're-lending' of KCR funds by the Japanese government. Japanese government made it clear that any reduction in the fund in terms of taxes or charges on other heads could make the entire project unviable. Thus the resolution of re-lending issue was needed to avoid any cut funds for the mega project.

According to sources at Karachi Urban Transport Corporation (KUTC), the vehicle for implementation of the KCR project, direct transfer of the amount to KUTC through the federal government, could cause a drastic cut in the approved funding. This procedure of releasing funds would face a "risk rate" cut of 6.8 percent and almost 12 percent "interest rate", making the total deduction of 18 percent. However, the fund could be saved if the amount was transferred to the corporation through Pakistan Railways.

Besides, the cost of the project was revised for second time because of procedural delay in the commencement of the project. The cost also increased because of additional resettlement charges. Various studies such as the Environmental Impact Assessment Study (EIAS) and resettlement action plan have already been carried out under the aegis of Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro).

The KCR project, aimed at mitigating traffic problems in Sindh metropolis, was to be funded by the government of Japan through the Japan Bank of International Co-operation (JBIC). Tokyo has commissioned 100 percent funding for the project under a 'Step Loan' at 0.2 percent mark-up with a pay-back of 40 years time, including a 10-year grace period
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Old August 21st, 2012, 04:40 PM   #11984
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$2.5 billion for circular railway. What a joke.
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Old August 21st, 2012, 09:56 PM   #11985
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Some politician is about to get richer
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 03:49 AM   #11986
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Truckers delight: Three modern truck terminals planned

Three new truck terminals are being planned on the outskirts of Karachi to ease the flow of traffic in the city.
The terminals equipped with all modern trucking facilities will be built by the Sindh Transport Department at a cost of Rs22 billion. The project will be funded by local and foreign firms, including the provision of land for the three terminals. They will be named Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Truck Terminals, sources in the transport department told The Express Tribune.
One truck stop each will be constructed along all the three major highways of Karachi: the National Highway, the Super Highway and the Northern Bypass near the RCD Highway. The terminals would be spread over an area ranging between 250 acres and 400 acres. Each terminal will be equipped with modern security systems, including closed-circuit television cameras and vehicle tracking. The facility would also include offices, hotels, mosques, automobile workshops, hostels, auditoriums and cinemas. The truckers will be provided parking space and all other facilities to keep them away from parking their vehicles on the roads and illegal truck stands in Karachi, the sources said.
The parking areas of the terminal will be completed within three months while the whole project will take three years to complete.
“We are taking these initiatives to reduce the traffic pressure in Karachi and to provide a secure and peaceful environment to the truckers,” said Ali Nawaz Panhwar, the transport deputy secretary, while talking to The Express Tribune,
The project is awaiting the finalisation of the deal between the Sindh government and a private company, Integrated Consulting Services, which will fund the project. A committee has been formed, including representatives of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and provincial police, transport, home and law departments, to iron out the agreement.
All stakeholders, including transporters, are being taken into confidence regarding the project, Panhwar said.
The official was very optimistic about the project in terms of reducing the traffic problems of Karachi. Road jams in Karachi will reduce substantially as only those trucks will be allowed to enter Karachi that are to be loaded or unloaded, the rest will stay at the terminals, he said. According to Panhwar, the truck terminals will be Pakistan’s first to be built on international standards. The sponsoring companies will provide water, electricity and other civic facilities at the site and the truckers will be able to avail them on minimal daily charges.
Good step. I hate watching NATO supply trucks parked on local roads/ highway
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 03:52 AM   #11987
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$2.5 billion for circular railway. What a joke.
That seems to be a lot of money isn't it ? Rather than renovating existing circular railway track they could have a proper metro with this much money
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 03:11 PM   #11988
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Exactly. This should cost about $500m max.
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 02:57 AM   #11989
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I think the large amount is because it's a full-fledged metro train line. I hope.
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 03:09 AM   #11990
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Ha, we wish.
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 10:54 AM   #11991
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I think the large amount is because it's a full-fledged metro train line. I hope.
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"Optimistic" , lets all be just like Metropole
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That route actually isn't well-suited for a metro anyway. It is perfect for commuter rail, which is what circular railway is.
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I really don't see much utility in a train running in a circular path around the city. Make a proper metro FFS! Dubai's metro project cost is around 7 billion AFTER cost overruns. And this is possibly the best metro in the world in terms of how modern the stations and trains are. At $2.5 billion we can build at least half as good a metro system. Not to mention that Karachi has a lot more commuters, hence even if the cost goes up to $5 billion, they can break even much quicker.
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Believe me...this project is as dead as Zardari's conscience.
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the large amount goes to clear the encroachment and giving compensation to the people
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Auction of shops in Shahabuddin Market next month

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Metropolitan Commissioner KMC Matanat Ali Khan has said that the balloting process for the auction of shops at under-construction Shahabuddin Market, Car Parking Plaza, will be started in the first week of September.

He was chairing a meeting at his office on Friday to review the construction work of Shahabuddin Market and make a schedule for the balloting procedure in this regard.

It may be noted here that 50 percent construction work at the Shahabuddin Market and the five-storey car parking plaza has been completed and the remaining work would be completed in next six months.

The meeting was attended by Senior Director Transport & Communication Muhammad Ather, Project Chief Engineer Syed Muhammad Taha, Superintendent Engineer Naveed Azhar and other officers concerned.

Matanat Khan said that the completion of this major civic project would not only solve the persistent car parking problem in the surrounding area but the prospective traders and shopkeepers would also get all the modern facilities for doing business.

Briefing the meeting, Project Director Muhammad Ather said that the construction work on the three floors of the project was in the final stages and other floors of the building would also be completed within the scheduled time.

The first phase of the project will be completed next month at a cost of Rs735 million after which 171 shopkeepers would be shifted to the lower ground floor of the building, and the 131 shops constructed on the ground floor will be auctioned through balloting process.
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DHA installs 120 security cameras

The Defence Housing Authority (DHA) has said that it had installed 120 modern security cameras at all entry and exit points of the DHA for round-the-clock electronic surveillance of important spots of the posh neighborhood of the city.

The Administrator, DHA, Brigadier Aamir Raza Qureshi, disclosed this to a delegation of the Association of Defence Residents (ADR) who held the meeting with the former on civic-related issues of the Defence residents.

The DHA chief said that the project of electronic surveillance of the Defence area had been made operational while in the next phase another 250 similar security cameras would be installed at educational institutions, mosques and Imambargahs, public places and in some commercial areas in DHA.

The meeting was informed that the DHA in collaboration with the traffic police would start effective implementation of one-way traffic regime on Khayaban-e-Shamsheer in DHA from next month.

The DHA administrator said that DHA would also start work on the development of a graveyard in DHA Phase-VIII very soon to meet a demand of the residents of the area.

SECURITY FORCE PROPOSED: The Honorary General Secretary of the ADR, Asad Kizilbash, told The News that he had proposed to administrator DHA at the meeting that not just entry and exit points but that all streets of the DHA should be electronically covered through installation of such round-the-clock working security cameras.

He said that a proper and full-fledged security force could be raised for electronic and real on-the-ground surveillance and security of DHA and for the purpose the DHA, the area residents, and Clifton Cantonment should team up.

He said that a separate board of governors could be established for the proposed DHA security force and in it, the residents and Clifton Cantonment should be given due representation in addition to the DHA’s administration.

Kizilbash said that in the later stages the DHA residents could be taxed through the Clifton Cantonment Board, being the municipal agency of the area, for meeting expenses of such a proposed large security force.

However, the DHA residents would only be able to financially contribute to the cause, through new taxation, when they would be convinced that they had proper representation and say in security-related affairs of the DHA, added the ADR office-bearer.
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