Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan has said that the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project is aimed to minimise traffic congestion, ensure traffic flow and facilitate Karachiites with an alternate mode of transport.
The governor said this while talking to a delegation of China Social Economic Academy and China Railways led by Vin at Governor House on Sunday. Karachi Commissioner Syed Asif Hyder Shah was also present on the occasion.
The governor said that the KCR was an integral part of Karachi Mass Transit and as such its early initiation was needed. “It has already been delayed due to various reasons but now is the time to start the same as other mega projects like Green line, Orange line, Blue line, Yellow Line and Red Line to make Karachi a truly modern city with regards to transport facilities.”
Dr Ebad said: “Any metropolis is known by its communication and transportation network, especially roads and means of transport. For this very reason, special emphasis is being laid on construction of various new corridors and also development of other mode of transport like KCR,” he added.
He said China was the most reliable friend of Pakistan which had always stood by Pakistan in most testing times. The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was another proof of the cordial relations between the two countries, he added. He said that the CPEC was the project of prosperity of Pakistan for which all Pakistanis were thankful to Chinese people and her government. The CPEC would not only improve infrastructural facilities but would also provide ample employment opportunities and increase industrial production.
The governor said that special security units had been established to ensure security of Chinese engineers working on CPEC and other projects. A documentary was also shown on the occasion by the Chinese delegation which contained construction details of railway tracks, roads, housing and other fields. Vin informed the governor that the Chinese companies were interested in KCR and other projects in various fields.