Islamabad: Pakistan Railways informed the Supreme Court that more than 75% of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) has been cleared of encroachments.
The report was submitted to the Supreme Court by the Secretary of Railways a day before the Supreme Court's hearing of the Supreme Court's notice of the deficit in the last five years.
According to the report, a total of 64,127 square yards of land has been reclaimed, while 37.7 km of 43.12 km has been cleared on both sides of the track by 50 feet.
It is likely that a three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed will be re-hearing today (Wednesday), for which notices have been sent to Railway Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed and Minister for Planning Asad Umar.
The report said that the Sindh Railway Ministry had requested the Government of Sindh to remove the tracks from the remaining track of the Karachi Circular Railway.
The report said that on January 28, a number of Supreme Court directives regarding the immediate renewal of KCR and Main Railway projects were brought to the knowledge of the Prime Minister, who directed that the government, with the help of Sindh and the relevant authorities, be sent to the court. The orders should be followed.
As a result, Railway Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah met on February 3 to take practical steps to bring the KCR project to a logical end.
The report said that the Sindh government would end the encroachment on the KCR route and land, and Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah assured that it would be done as soon as possible.
It was reported that the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council approved the Karachi Circular Railway project in October 2017.
Later, in December 2016, the Chief Minister requested the then Prime Minister to be included in the Pak-China Economic Corridor (C-Pec) to provide independent guarantees for the KCR project so that foreign investors' confidence can be improved.
The Prime Minister approved the inclusion of the KCR project in the C-pec.
Referring to the restoration of those affected by the project restoration, the report said that the Karachi Chief Minister's Committee for Circular Railway Rehabilitation, headed by Commissioner Karachi, had also submitted a report regarding the resettlement of the affected people.
The committee ordered 3 different options, including cash compensation or the construction of flats.
The report explained that KCR and ML-1 will provide cheaper and better transportation for the passengers of Karachi which will also solve the problem of transport in the city.
According to the report, these projects will enable the people to trade, trade and transact across the country with the assurance that travel is safe, utilizing the basic right of movement.
The Business Plan report suggested that the entire system needs to be digitalized and 50% locomotive (train engine) replaced by inviting the private sector.