CDWP clears Karachi Modern Ring Railway Project

The Central Development Task Force on Thursday cleared the Karachi Circular Railway as a modern urban railway project costing over Rs 270 billion.

The CDWP, which met today in Islamabad [Thursday] under the chairmanship of the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Dr. Jahanzeb Khan, referred the matter to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council for further consideration.

The Secretary of Railways informed the committee that a 43-kilometer dual-track urban transit system will be built in three years on the basis of a public-private partnership.

He informed that the project should serve a daily traffic of 4,57,000 people. According to the plan, 30 stations would be built along the corridor covering the most densely populated areas of Karachi.

Read more: “MODERN” KCR TO HAVE 43KM OF LONG TRACK, 30 STATIONS

The committee also approved the second phase of Gujranwala Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy at a cost of Rs 3,280.369 million and social health care initiatives, executed by KP government worth Rs. 3,366.148 million rupees.

KCR Project

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) yesterday approved a summary regarding the construction of infrastructure for the elimination of level crossings for the loop section of the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR).

The project provides for the construction of flyovers and underpasses along the route of KCR for the elimination of crossings at 22 levels. The rationalized cost of the project is Rs 20.71 billion on a cost sharing basis. The project will facilitate the free circulation of the KCR train.

KCR envisioned the construction of a 43 km long world-class affordable public transport system using environmentally friendly electric trains.

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