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Japan out as China emerges new contender in Karachi Circular Railway project

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  1. Devil Soul

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    Japan out as China emerges new contender in Karachi Circular Railway project
    The Newspaper's Staff ReporterUpdated August 01, 2017
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    ISLAMABAD: China will now cooperate with the Sindh government to help it revive the long-delayed Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) within three years under a recently signed memorandum of understanding, the Senate’s Standing Committee on Planning and Development was informed on Monday.

    Briefing the committee, Planning Secretary Shoaib Siddiqui said the Rs270 billion project was to be completed with the assistance of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), but due to its long schedule the government decided to include the project in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

    He said around 550,000 commuters were expected to travel through the KCR daily. The 43-kilometre-long railway line will go through Landhi, Wazir Mansion, Gulshan-i-Iqbal, COD, Gulistan-i-Jauhar, Orangi Town and Chanesar Goth. The route will have 24 stations.

    The Sindh government and JICA started looking into the possibility of collaborating to revive the KCR about seven years ago, but the project is still in limbo.

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    The chairman of the Senate committee, Tahir Mashhadi, welcomed the decision and said Karachi was the fourth-largest city of the world, but a major segment of the population was deprived of effective and affordable transport facility.

    The committee was also briefed that the process to award contract for transmission lines has been initiated under the CASA-1000 power project. Under the project, 1,000 megawatts of hydroelectric power generated by Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan will be transported to Pakistan via Afghanistan.

    However, the members expressed concern over the transit lines going through Afghanistan. “How can anybody be sure when peace will return to Afghanistan?” Senator Sherry Rehman wondered. “The future of this project is directly linked with law and order situation there.”

    Senator Saifullah Magsi feared power supply to Pakistan would suffer in case terrorists strike transmission lines in Afghanistan.

    An official of the Sindh government informed the committee that a power park would be set up at Keti Bandar with the support of the Chinese government.

    Published in Dawn, August 1st, 2017
     
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    Only a fool puts all their eggs in the same basket. But time and again, our ruling elite has been established as fools with their foolish decisions.
     
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    Good riddance. Japs are part of American led group in Asia which includes India as well. Our projects must go to our allies.
     
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    Japs weren't willing to give bribe to Sindh government, while the Chinks have no such problem. Hence they got the project.




    Doesn't matter if the nation is dying under the burden of debt, atleast Bhutto is alive and well.
     
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    Maybe, maybe not, but the name calling towards a long and trusted ally was unnecessary.
     
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    Not surprised. China always had an advantage in Pakistan over other countries, especially with large scale projects. And with CPEC, this advantage is so much bigger.
     
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    You know the Taiwan HSR built by Japan? It's maintenance are so high that most of the revenue generated from riders are used to maintain the HSR

    Prove it that there were bribes involved or you just talking shit like always?
     
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    Costs are an important factor no doubt, but having several "Suppliers" for example, helps mitigate some risks involved with having just one supplier/party. All respect to China, but personally as a businessman, I would never ever rely on one party to provide everything. It gives it far too much leverage over me, apart from the previously mentioned issues. It also provides a wider range of channels from which to procure goods and services, creating competition between different companies and service providers, and ensuring a higher quality of work and end product.

    And more importantly, it provides an incentive to other foreign companies that we are open for business and investment from a much more diverse source, instead of showing bias to one over another.
     
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    Lol!!! Wonder why the japs even bothered to try. I would have told them right at the start...beating iron friend is not possible.
     
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    Thank you PPP and i guess my great great grand childrens will hear that project now handed over to Aliens with award winning trophy of 100th contractor of same project and also winner of Guinness book of records. GA Bhutto, Awam lotto. Vote for PPP

    Since my childhood i am hearing this news.
     
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    We shall see if and when this project gets off the ground. Time answers all questions.
     
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    Good decision.

    China has a better knowledge of the opportunities in Pakistan's infrastructure market and therefore it makes sense to give them the contract. I mean after the kind of success that the Chinese command in the railway as a sector, also their costing which is quite reasonable, makes perfect sense for China to take over the project.
     
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    Very hard for other countries to invest in Pakistan as it seems China is vetoing others' investments.
     
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    I think Japan is better then china

    once in exam a question was " what is the antonym of Original ?"
    boy replied " China"
     
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    Can you suggest intelligent alternate options?