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Old November 3rd, 2017, 10:39 PM   #101
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World Bank to fund Yellow Line Bus Rapid Transit



KARACHI: After agreements with the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) and a Chinese company regarding the integrated bus rapid transit (BRT) system in the city failed to materialise, the World Bank (WB) has agreed to provide financial and technical support for the construction of the Yellow Line BRT in Karachi and the establishment of an integrated BRT system.

This decision was made during a meeting between Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and a World Bank delegation led by Country Director Patchamuthu Illangovan at CM House on Tuesday.

The project’s aim is to connect the six BRT lines. However, it had hit a snag as the government could not arrange necessary funding.

The WB delegation comprised Operations Manager Melinda Good, Lead Country Economist Enrique Blanco Armas, Senior Transport Specialist Said Dahdah, Senior Economist Muhammad Waheed and Operation Manager Amena Raja.

The CM was assisted by Planning and Development Minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Planning and Development Board Chairperson Mohammad Waseem, Principal Secretary to the CM Sohail Rajput, Finance Secretary Hassan Naqvi, Health Secretary Dr Fazlullah Pechuho, Education Secretary Aziz Uqaili, Special Irrigation Secretary Junaid Memon, Agriculture Secretary Sajid Jamal Abro, Livestock and Fisheries Secretary Mukhtiar Soomro, Energy Secretary Agha Wasif and Planning and Development Secretary Shireen Narejo.

The meeting reviewed the overall $1.55 billion portfolio of the 12 WB-funded projects. These are the $76.4 million Sindh Agricultural Growth Project, an irrigation project of $187 million, the $21 million Skill Development Project, $400 million Second Sindh Education Sector project, a $50 million project for reforms in public sector management, $36.24 million project for enhanced nutrition for mothers and children, $100 million Sindh Resilience Project, $86 million Karachi Neighbourhood Improvement Project, $286.24 million Sindh Water Sector Improvement Project, $61.62 million Sindh Enhancing Response to Reduce Stunting Project and $188 million Sindh Barrage Improvement Project.

The CM was briefed by the WB senior transport specialist on the integrated system that would connect different BRT lines in the city. Dahdah informed Shah that there was a dire need to develop a system which would also enable an effective ticketing system.

The meeting also discussed the Yellow Line BRT. The WB country head said the organisation is willing to finance theYellow Line BRT if the provincial government develops the road infrastructure from Dawood Chowrangi in Korangi to the Malir Expressway.

The chief minister directed the Planning and Development Board chairperson to prepare necessary documentation and submit it to the WB for approval.

The 26.5-kilometre-long road was earlier supposed to be built with the financial assistance of JICA and, later, a Chinese company. The government aimed to initiate the project from MA Jinnah Road to Landhi at an estimated cost of Rs14.4 billion.

Around 100 new buses were to run on the route but the project was at a standstill after the Chinese company, which had even signed a memorandum of understanding with the government to build it under public private partnership, delayed the scheme as it could not arrange funds.

The CM also asked the WB for its technical support to regulate traffic issues in Karachi. “This megalopolis city has traffic jams and traffic management issues,” Shah said, adding that the government was desperate to solve traffic issues.

“We have a traffic engineering bureau at the Karachi Development Authority but it also needs to be revived,” the CM said.

Official sources privy to the development told The Express Tribune that the meeting discussed issues related to the possible integration of BRT lines at Numaish Chowrangi.

“Integration of all BRT lines at Numaish can create problems, so we need the WB’s technical support to resolve this matter,” Shah said. The WB representatives assured the CM that they would provide all possible technical support for the project.

Source: The Express Tribune
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Old November 14th, 2017, 01:02 AM   #103
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Chinese firm offers 2,000 electric buses for Karachi under $600m project



KARACHI: A Chinese company has offered an over $600 million transport project involving over 2,000 electric buses to solve the issues being faced by the metropolis commuters.

The offer was made by a six-member Chinese delegation led by Thomas Wang to City Mayor Wasim Akhtar during a meeting at his office on Sunday.

Thomas Wang, who represents Chinese company Eco-Bus, has reportedly said that the company would also gift two such buses that would reach the city within two months.

The buses are being sent here so that these could be tried and evaluated on the roads here and local staffers — drivers, mechanics and other related people — could be trained, he added.


Briefing the media persons after the meeting, the mayor said that situation / condition of the public transport in the city was pathetic and if this project, which would be evaluated and examined, was materialised, it could solve the transport issues of Karachiites to a great extent.

He said that two buses, which had been gifted by the Chinese company, would arrive in the city in a next few weeks so that these could be examined in the local conditions.

He said neither these eco-friendly buses would cause the air pollution, nor would create noise pollution.

The imported fossil fuel would also not be used so precious foreign exchange could also be saved, he added.

He said that under the project over 500 stations would be established at different locations in the city where these buses could be charged. Once charged these buses could travel approximately 280 kilometres.

He said that the Chinese company had offered various proposals: they could bring in the investment and operate the buses themselves, they could work in a joint venture — with the government or the local transport — or could just sell the buses.

He said that all these proposals would be examined to see which one was more beneficial for the general public.

The mayor said that all the mega cities around the globe had urban mass transit systems, but leave alone the mass transit system, here in the metropolis unfortunately did not exists a fully functional public transport system, owing to which people suffered and were forced to travel in buses and minibuses that were in dilapidated condition.

He said that the Chinese company was in contact with the government.

He said that he had assured the delegation that the civic agency would extend all assistance so that this vital eco-friendly project, which could solve the transport issues of, and provide relief to, the people, could be implemented, hopefully soon.

Published in Dawn, October 30th, 2017

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Old November 16th, 2017, 12:58 PM   #104
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Old November 17th, 2017, 01:34 PM   #105
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Regarding Karachi Circular Railway and ML-I Railway project, the minister said these projects would be discussed in the upcoming JCC and the issues regarding KCR would be resolved before the meeting, he added.

7th JCC on CPEC is scheduled for November 20 and 21.

Source: http://nation.com.pk/16-Nov-2017/cen...pec-says-ahsan
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Old November 19th, 2017, 04:58 PM   #106
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CPEC projects set to enter next stage of execution

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ISLAMABAD: The seventh Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will take decisive actions on Tuesday on about a dozen projects that will help take these schemes to the next stage of implementation.

However, no major breakthrough is expected on deepening industrial cooperation between Pakistan and China.

A summary containing actionable points on about one dozen schemes related to energy, roads, uplifting Gwadar and developing Special Economic Zones (SZEs) has been moved to the prime minister for approval, said CPEC Project Coordinator Hassan Daud Butt on Saturday.

Approval is sought for the design of $260 million New Gwadar International Airport and final endorsement of $2 billion Karachi Circular Railways project, among other projects.

The current prioritised list of energy projects comprising 15 schemes of 11,110MW is also expected to be expanded. “The seventh JCC that will meet on coming Tuesday in Islamabad will pave the way for making 2018 a year of implementation of the corridor projects,” he claimed.

The JCC is the highest decision making body of the $55 billion umbrella CPEC projects that has the mandate to review progress on ongoing schemes and take decisions on inclusion of new projects.

Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal and China’s National Development and Reforms Commission Vice-Chairman Wang Xiatao will chair the JCC meeting.

Butt said Pakistan’s focus would now shift on industrial cooperation “which is necessary for the revival of industries in the country”.

However, no major breakthrough is expected in the 7th JCC, thanks to slow pace of work by the provinces on prioritised Special Economic Zones.
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Old November 22nd, 2017, 03:08 PM   #107
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KARACHI: After approval from the executive committee of the national economic council, the planning commission has decided to send a joint working group to China where Pakistani delegates will hold talks with Chinese experts in an important Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting, which will be held in December.

The delegates will give a detailed briefing to the Chinese experts about the technical and financial aspects of the plan on the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) after which it will be finalised within the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework and, later, both the countries will reach a final agreement.

The $1.97 billion project will begin this year and is likely to take three years to be completed. The loan for the project will be provided by China on relaxed terms.

The prime minister has issued directives to the Railways minister to transfer the authority of the right-of-way of KCR and Karachi Urban Transport Corporation to the Sindh government.

Last year, on the request of Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif held talks with the Chinese government, where he integrated restoration of the circular railway in CPEC and decided to transfer it to the Sindh government.

Shah has announced to lay the foundation of the project on December 25 and has also recommended all the officials concerned to stamp out all possible glitches in the plan. In the wake of the land grabbing incident, the police, Rangers and anti-encroachment forces will soon lead a crackdown against land grabbing mafias.

The circular railway plan covers 43.13 kilometers of land, which will be utilised for constructing 14.95km underground, 28.18km upper tracks and for the installation of 34 stations.

The circular railway will operate on an electric system. The electrically powered circular railway will make 162 trains functional. The trains would cover 100 km/hr, facilitate 555,000 commuters and also play a vital role in lessening pollution.
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Responding to a question, the planning minister said a team of experts has been constituted to finalise the feasibility study of the KCR. He said the 7th JCC has cleared the KCR project.

But two-day before the JCC meeting, CPEC project coordinator Hassan Daud Butt had said that the key deliverable for the 7th JCC was to sign the framework agreement of the KCR.


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According to Habib Khan Ghori who wrote an article in Dawn News entitled "KCR route cleared, project launch planned for Dec 25, CM tells Chinese diplomat" on he wrote:

"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."

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.

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1372414/ch...sport-minister
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Railways agrees to Sindh’s right of way demand for KCR revival

KARACHI: The Sindh government and Pakistan Railways have come close to removing hurdles in the revival of the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) as the latter agreed to hand over a major portion of the railway track within the city limits to the province for “right of way” so that the long-awaited transport project could be revived.

The fresh development came during a recent meeting between Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique on the sidelines of the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects in Islamabad.

A senior member of the Sindh cabinet said that the two sides agreed to resolve the issues amicably on a fast track so the groundbreaking ceremony could be performed next month.

Groundbreaking ceremony due to be performed next month

“The subject [revival of KCR] was also discussed in the meeting chaired by Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal,” Sindh Transport Minister Nasir Shah said.

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Mr Shah had accompanied the Sindh CM to Islamabad and also attended the JCC meeting.

“After that meeting, the chief minister took [up] this [matter] with Railways Minister Saad Rafique. The federal minister in principle agreed to our demand regarding handing over of a portion of the railway track right from the City Station to Drigh Road Station for the KCR.”

He said the issue was so important to the CM that he decided to talk to the Railways minister personally.

Answering a question, he said officials of both Pakistan Railways and the Karachi Mass Transit Cell (KMTC) would meet shortly to resolve all related issues once and for all.

The transport minister said during the JCC meeting the CM briefed the participants about the current status of the KCR and argued for support of the federal institutions to revive the project.

“The provincial government has started removing encroachments from the KCR route. The obstacles lie only with the Pakistan Railways which, we hope, would be resolved after the recent meeting between the chief minister and Railways minister,” he added.

Published in Dawn, November 29th, 2017

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What a mess! I am not familiar with above north Karachi area but what a hell hole!
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No it's not.. It's far better than other cities like Mumbai, Dhaka, Kolkata, Lagos, Delhi, Chennai, Addis Ababa and Hanoi.
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Revival of Karachi Circular Railway on ‘right track’: Saad

KARACHI: Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique on Saturday said that all issues pertaining to the revival of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) had been resolved and the long-awaited public transport project was now on the “right track”.

Talking to reporters during a visit to Karachi City Station, he said that he had personally met Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah multiple times and his last meeting with the minister was held on Friday to discuss the KCR.

“I must say that Mr Shah has shown great interest in the project and with mutual understanding on all issues, the KCR is now heading in the right direction for the first time,” he said, adding that there was no longer any difference of opinion between the two sides on the subject.

“There are more projects associated with Karachi that would benefit people in all four provinces of the country, including development of Karachi-Peshawar mainline,” said Mr Rafique.

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By the third quarter of the year 2018, he said, development work would be initiated on Karachi-Peshawar mainline — an important project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The railways minister said that the project would take time to get completed but once functional, it would serve the country’s railway traffic for almost a century.

Mr Rafique did not miss the opportunity to share his political thoughts and criticised the leaders of the opposition parties without naming them.

“The political developments are happening at a staggering pace and we see a new phenomenon in politics every other day. I only suggest humbly that all these [developments] should end before the general elections as the country cannot afford any new experiment,” he said, adding that it was no longer a matter of politics but about the country’s stability.

Published in Dawn, December 17th, 2017



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The contractor for running BRT has been selected. Turkish company who runs the Lahore BRT opted out of the bidding and Daewoo was the second lowest bidder. The selected contractor is the consortium of three companies and one of the company in the consortium previously use to run Karachi green buses.
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