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Old April 30th, 2017, 02:53 AM   #81
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While the BRT projects are rolling along (despite the administrative hassles), the Karachi Circular Railway is still under heat as the authorities are now evicting all the squatters that have lived on railway land.

The anti-poor bias of Karachi Circular Railway’s revival plan
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The revival of KCR is an uphill task, but this is the only way to provide mass transit to impoverish citizens of Karachi. BRT will be a nice supplement to KCR.
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Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday disclosed plans for new development projects for Karachi in the upcoming fiscal year.

Projects include new underpasses, widened roads and new markets.

The province's chief executive was presiding over a meeting attended by various members of the provincial government.

Speaking at a press conference later in the day, the chief minister also signaled the launch of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) by September 2017.

"We are currently making an underpass at Submarine Chowk and next year, to ensure a smooth flow of traffic, it is important that there is another underpass at Sunset Boulevard," said CM Murad.

Other projects ear-marked under the new fiscal year's budget include widening of Tipu Sultan road, setting up of a new market in the Lee market area, work on the Cantt station road, a road linking Malir 15 with Bakra Piri road and up-gradation of stadium road, Murad revealed.

The chief minister also expressed his desire to construct a fly over which would make Tariq road, Tipu Sultan road and Khalid Bin Waleed road signal-free.

“This is the good news I am sharing with the people of Karachi,” Murad said, announcing plans to launch the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) by September 2017.

He said that he, on the invitation of the prime minister, attended the One Belt One Road (OBOR) Conference in Beijing and the presence of all four chief ministers with the prime minister was lauded by the Chinese president.

Plans to launch the KCR first came under discussion during a meeting held in Beijing in December 2016. In the meeting, three projects; KCR, Keti Bandr and special economic zone were included in the ambit of CPEC.

“We had completed KCR's feasibility well in time and also had it approved from the Central Development Working Party (CDWP),” he said.


However, a feasibility report will be submitted again, along with feasibility reports of Metro Peshawar and Quetta.

He said that during his visit to China he held a meeting with Chinese Transport Minister Lixiao Peng and briefed them about KCR and the progress made so far.

Syed Murad Ali Shah said that he also met with Chinese Exim bank vice president and urged him to clear and approve a loan for KCR projects for which he nominated his general manager as the focal person for KCR.

“We would have the ground breaking ceremony of KCR in September this year,” he announced and added that the encroachments along the KCR route were being removed.

This, however, would be the second major effort to revive KCR in the recent past.

In 2009, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council decided to revive the Karachi Circular Railway as a modern commuter system at a cost of Rs128.5 billion.

The chief minister also said that the development of a special economic zone and development of infrastructure of Keti Bandr project have been started. He added that both the projects would bring in new vistas of development and prosperity in the province.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1333520/cm...ts-for-karachi
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Old June 8th, 2017, 01:05 PM   #84
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CHINA RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION CORPORATION TO BUILD KARACHI CIRCULAR RAILWAY

12-member delegation of CRCC calls on CM Sindh in Karachi.



A twelve member delegation of China Railways Construction Corporation called on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah at Chief Minister House in Karachi on Wednesday.

The delegation was led by Vice Chairman of the Corporation Yang Jinju.

According to the spokesman of Chief Minister House, China Railway Construction Corporation will construct the Karachi Circular Railway.

Speaking on the occasion, Syed Murad Ali Shah said that resolution of traffic problems faced by Karachi lies in the construction of state of art Karachi Circular Railway.

He said that work on Karachi Circular Railway be started. He also directed to start work on the KCR project from December this year.

Sindh Minister for Transport Syed Nasir Hussain Shah and other officials concerned were present on the occasion.

Source: http://www.radio.gov.pk/07-Jun-2017/...rcular-railway
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Old June 29th, 2017, 02:33 PM   #85
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Old June 29th, 2017, 02:59 PM   #86
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And the latest news:

WORK ON GREEN LINE, ORANGE LINE IN FULL SWING IN KARACHI



The work on two important transport projects, Green Line and Orange Line Bus Rapid Transport Systems, is in full swing in Karachi and both projects are expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Radio Pakistan Karachi correspondent Altaf Pirzado reports that different mass transit projects have been initiated by the federal and provincial governments to facilitate the people particularly the citizens of Karachi.

With the joint efforts of Federal and provincial governments, the project of Karachi circular railway has also been included in CPEC, which will be completed at a cost of two point four billion dollars.

The contract has been awarded to foreign consortium to prepare feasibility report of the project and Sindh government has earmarked two hundred forty one million rupees in next year's budget for erecting a fence on both sides of existing circular railway track.

Source: http://www.radio.gov.pk/29-Jun-2017/...ing-in-karachi
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Great. Now the KCR is going to be delayed:

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KARACHI: Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has accused the federal government of creating unnecessary hurdles to delay the Rs276 billion Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project.

The CM accused the Centre while presiding over a meeting on the KCR at Chief Minister House on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by Transport and Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Transport Secretary Raheem Soomro and other officers.

The chief minister was told that the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) meeting had cleared the project but later a CDWP member raised some objections that the provincial government has addressed.

The CM said the CDWP created unnecessary hindrance in the path of the KCR. He said he wanted to raise the issue in the meeting of the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec). The federal government assured me that Ecnec meeting would be convened shortly, the CM said, adding that so far no such meeting has been called.

The CM directed the transport minister to talk to the federal railway minister about delays in the KCR project. “If their officers cannot look after right of way of the KCR then its possession should be handed over to the Sindh government,” he said.

The CM also directed the transport minister to restart the anti-encroachment operation on the KCR route. “I am issuing directives to the Karachi commissioner and police to get the route vacated,” he said, adding that he has committed to the people of Karachi that work on the KCR project would start by the end of this year.
Source: https://tribune.com.pk/story/1456533...-delaying-kcr/
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Sindh CM wants Blue Line BRT design finalised by September

KARACHI: Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah directed on Tuesday the transport department to prepare a detailed design of the Blue Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project by September so that work on the project through public private partnership (PPP) mode could be started in November this year.

The CM was presiding over a meeting on Blue Line BRT at the CM House. The meeting was attended by Transport and Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, Planning and Development Chairperson Muhammad Waseem, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Transport Secretary Raheem Soomro, Finance Secretary Hassan Naqvi and officers of the Karachi Mass Transit Authority.

The transport minister informed the meeting that the Blue Line BRT project will start from Gurumandir and end at alAsif Square, Sohrab Goth. The project will cost around Rs8 billion, he said.

The length of the project is 11.8 kilometres (km), out of which, 6.6 km will be elevated, said the transport secretary. There will be nine stations on the route out of which five will be elevated, he added. The secretary further informed that 357,000 is the estimated number of travellers who will use the BRT daily.

The CM set a deadline for the development of the infrastructure of the project and directed the transport minister to get the detailed design and bidding documents prepared by September, 2017, so that procurement could be made in November.


Meeting with DHA residents

The CM also met a delegation of the Defence Society Residents Association (DSRA) body led by its president, Sharfuddin Memon. The residents discussed issues of the area with the CM.

The association complained of encroachments under the Gizri flyover. Mechanics have set up their shops under the bridge which is causing traffic jams, the delegation said, adding that the road from Gizri to Zamzama is also encroached upon by shopkeepers and has turned into a parking lot for trucks and dumpers. The CM issued orders to the relevant authorities to resolve the issue.

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Civil society unhappy with Green Line extension

KARACHI: Civil society has raised objections to the Rs24.6 billion federally-funded Green Line Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) extended elevated portion on MA Jinnah Road.

These reservations were revealed during a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah at CM House on Monday. The meeting was attended by Transport Minister Syed Nasir Shah, project director and principal secretary to the governor Sualeh Farooqi, Principal Secretary to the CM Sohail Rajput, Transport Secretary Raheem Soomro, Mass Transit Authority (MTA) Director-General Mohamad Athar, Karachi Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (KIDCL) Chief Financial Officer Zubair Channa and the chief engineer of the Green Line project, Nisar Sario.

Farooqui said that KIDCL has completed 60% of the infrastructure work up to Gurumandir, as per the original scope of the Green Line BRTS and is prepared to complete the first phase of the project by the end of December.
Originally, the project was 18.4 kilometres-long from Surjani Town to Gurumandir. It has now been extended to Muncipal Park on MA Jinnah Road and its cost has increased from Rs16 billion to Rs24.6 billion.

Karachi’s water, green line projects to get Rs25b

Farooqui said that as per the Sindh government’s approved alignment and the route of the project, an underpass would be constructed at the Numaish Roundabout. It would converge into an elevated BRTS portion short of the Taj Complex Signal and up to Municipal Park area near Jamia Cloth Market. The project director added that an elevated turnaround rotary has been proposed and designed for construction at Municipal Park, which would facilitate 19.2 metre articulated buses to turn back towards Surjani Town.

Opposition

Urban planner Professor Arif Hassan and Professor Nauman, who were present at the meeting, said that civil society has raised objections to the construction of the elevated portion of the project, as it would obstruct the view of the Quaid’s mausoleum from either side of the road. The chief minister was also told that KIDCL has halted the bid process for the construction of the elevated portion of the project.

Athar said that the decision to construct the elevated BRTS portion on MA Jinnah Road was made by the Sindh government and was communicated to KIDCL. He added that the decision was made by the transport department after thorough deliberations and discussions on all alternative options in the interest of the Green Line project.

Railways to develop green corridor

Murad said that the construction of the elevated portion was the only option. “Since civil society has raised objections, I would suggest you [MTA and KIDCL] prepare a detailed drawing of the project so that the final decision could be made,” he said.

Green Line project

The first phase of the Green Line BRTS project would be completed by the end of December. Operation and maintenance of the project would be managed by the MTA, while the procurement of articulated buses and engaging BRTS operators will also fall under the MTA’s domain. For this purpose, the CM has already issued directives to the transport department to take necessary measures.

Farooqui told the CM that KIDCL and the ministry of communication have engaged a German-based consultant to design a state-of-the-art system for the operation and maintenance of the Integrated Transport System, which would not only cater to the needs of the Orange and Green Line BRTS but would also serve as single platform to cater to the needs of all future BRTS lines, as well as the circular railway.

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KCR route cleared, project launch planned for Dec 25, CM tells Chinese diplomat

KARACHI: With the clearance of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) route from encroachment, the project is ready to take off by the mid of December when its tender process will be completed for award of contract, said Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Friday.

He was talking to Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong who called on him here at CM House. The consul general of China in Karachi and principal secretary to the chief minister were also present.

Highlighting the importance of the projects approved within the framework of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the chief minister said the KCR had reached its implementation stage. The three major projects — KCR, Keti Bandar and Dhabeji special economic project zone — would play a vital role in boosting the economy of Pakistan in general and of Sindh in particular.

Mr Shah expressed his gratitude to the Chinese ambassador for the support and cooperation for the projects. He said the KCR route had been cleared and Pakistan Railways was on board for acquiring the 360-acre land for right of way (RoW) for the circular railway.

“The Keti Bandar project is being processed for preparing its feasibility while land has been allocated for China-Pakistan Special Economic Zone at Dhabeji. “Once the feasibility and other required approvals of the Keti Bandar and Special Economic Zone got through, the projects will be presented at the next Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting,” he added.

Feasibility report sent to the Chinese ministry of transport through federal govt

The ambassador told the chief minister that at present 20,000 Pakistanis, students and others, were living in China. “This kind of mutual understanding for development and prosperity would further strengthen with the completion of the CPEC projects,” said the chief minister.

He added that he had personally witnessed that the Thari workers, engaged in coal mining project, and Chinese easily communicating with each other. “This shows that Tharis are also learning Chinese.”

The Sindh government through the federal government had already provided a feasibility report of the KCR to the Chinese Ministry of Transport while tender documents had been prepared and hopefully its contract would be awarded by the second week of December paving the way to lay the foundation stone of the KCR at Wazir Mansion on December 25 — the birth anniversary of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

Mr Shah said that KCR, Keti Bandar and establishment of special economic zone at Dhabeji would usher in new vistas of development and prosperity in the province.

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While presiding over a meeting of the education department, the chief minister expressed his satisfaction on the resumption of classes at Aisha Bawany College.

“It was the Sindh government’s commitment and support of students, parents, teachers and the civil society that education activities returned to Aisha Bawany College otherwise it might have been turned into a marriage hall,” he said.

Mr Shah directed the education secretary (colleges and schools) to pay special focus on improving education standard. “This would happen when the teachers would take classes properly, check copies, give homework to students and get personally involved in the system,” he said, adding that nothing would improve otherwise.

He issued the directives to all the government departments, particularly the education, health and local government, to properly follow their cases in courts. “I would take disciplinary action if any department loses legal battle in courts,” he warned.

Published in Dawn, September 30th, 2017
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