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Running old KCR is stupid IMO
A new one should be built run through electricity

However the probelm is uu cant build a new one unless u operate the old one due to people land mafia..

Theu have to take the land back first run a dysfunctional KCR and built a new one
Plan:

Phase 1: Clear encroachment from tracks, build underpasses and flyovers
Phase 2: Add dual track
Phase 3: Electrify and run as modern metro mass transit system by private party on BOT basis.


Progress:

Phase 1: Ongoing
Phase 2: Will be started after Phase 1
Phase 3: Consultant hired



 

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PR completes trial run on KCR track

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06 Feb 2021


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KARACHI: Prior to connecting the 14 kilometre long track from City Station to Orangi with the operational KCR route, Pakistan Railways Karachi carried out an operational trial of a running train Friday that was concluded swiftly.
Relevant officers of Karachi division and engineers from KCR project participated in the operational trial.
Officials said the trial train smoothly moved to-and-fro between City and Orangi stations. A 30 minutes break near Sher Shah was a major part of examining the operational parameters.
Before the KCR operational trial the Karachi division has also concluded the trial run from 1238 feet/359 metre long Chinna Creek bridge connecting Keamari with City Station enroute Karachi Bunder Road commonly called KBX yard.


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Plan:

Phase 1: Clear encroachment from tracks, build underpasses and flyovers
Phase 2: Add dual track
Phase 3: Electrify and run as modern metro mass transit system by private party on BOT basis.


Progress:

Phase 1: Ongoing
Phase 2: Will be started after Phase 1
Phase 3: Consultant hired



Building a Metro train system from 20th century in 21th century.

I am not impress with this project. It would have been ok 30 years ago. We should have built advance MetroRail system with Covered stations, Ticket machines and metro card system, for next 50 years.

We should have invited Japan or South Korea to build a advance MetroRail system for circular railway.


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KCR made operational on 14km-long Orangi to Karachi City Station route

Following last week’s test runs, the City Railway Station to Orangi Station track of the #Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) was made operational and accessible to the public on Wednesday.

The train, comprising six coaches, was being admired with awe by all the people on the platform at Orangi Station. The children there had not seen a train in their neighbourhood before the test runs. And now they were hearing that they can travel within the city and even further on this train.




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KCR made operational on 14km-long Orangi-City route

February 11, 2021



CURIOUS onlookers examine the newly launched KCR train on Wednesday and (right) bemused motorists watch the train pass at a level crossing.—Fahim Siddiqi / White Star


CURIOUS onlookers examine the newly launched KCR train on Wednesday and (right) bemused motorists watch the train pass at a level crossing.—Fahim Siddiqi / White Star



KARACHI: Following last week’s test runs, the City Railway Station to Orangi Station track of the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) was made operational and accessible to the public on Wednesday.

The train, comprising six coaches, was being admired with awe by all the people on the platform at Orangi Station. The children there had not seen a train in their neighbourhood before the test runs. And now they were hearing that they can travel within the city and even further on this train.

“We never thought this station could be cleared for trains as there used to be such a big mess here what with all the encroachment and the weekly market that used to be held here. This is a great accomplishment. And then when the KCR train pulled up here earlier today, we thought we were dreaming,” said Hamid, who had brought on board his wife and their three little ones to travel to their grandmother’s house near Wazir Mansion.

“I was born in Gulshan 13-D. When I was young, we used to have the local train passing through here, and my friends and I used to catch it during Ramazan just to kill time before iftar. Then when I started working, I would travel to Saddar and Tower on the local. The fare at the time, if I remember correctly, was eight annas,” said Tariq, a senior citizen.


CURIOUS onlookers examine the newly launched KCR train on Wednesday and (right) bemused motorists watch the train pass at a level crossing.—Fahim Siddiqi / White Star

CURIOUS onlookers examine the newly launched KCR train on Wednesday and (right) bemused motorists watch the train pass at a level crossing.—Fahim Siddiqi / White Star

The rehabilitated track of 14 kilometres between Orangi and City Station entails six stations and 12 level crossings. Gazing out from the train’s big windows, one could also see the semi-demolished structures that were encroaching Railways’ land along with wild plantation. A lot has been cleared, a lot more needs to be cleared. At places, one also crossed overflowing sewers and stagnant water as the train moved past factories, warehouses, etc. The walls of some factories were so close that if one leaned out of the train window, one could touch them if one tried.


‘We never thought this station could be cleared for trains as there used to be such a big mess here’

Each KCR coach has a capacity for 100 passengers with seating for 64 as 36 can travel while standing. The fare has been set at Rs30 per trip regardless of the distance to be travelled.

According to Pakistan Railways, at 4.15pm, the train, KCR-1 Up, departing from Orangi, will travel 14km while making brief stops at Manghopir, SITE, Shah Abdul Latif, Baldia, Lyari, and Wazir Mansion en route to the City Station. From there, after a slightly longer stop, it will proceed even further, covering another 60km towards Dhabeji. Traversing the same distance a second KCR train, the KCR-2 Down, will arrive at the Orangi Station at 10.10am.

One also noticed raised eyebrows and surprise on the faces of people who were not used to seeing an entire train running on the tracks. Many people waiting behind the closed barriers on their motorbikes and inside their cars at the crossings also smiled and waved.


On the occasion of completion of another important phase in the revival of the KCR project, the divisional superintendent of Pakistan Railways Karachi, Mohammad Hanif Gul, said that the loop line restoration of KCR, to also happen soon, would help redress the traffic woes of the people of this city. He also visited the KCR infrastructure of the remaining 16km loop line from Orangi to Drigh Road Station with the project director KCR Ameer Mohammad Daudpota soon after the resumption of the Orangi-City track.
Published in Dawn, February 11th, 2021
 

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Revival of KCR: Railways chairman visits Chinna Creek Bridge, Heritage Park


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18 Feb 2021







KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Railways Habib ur Rehman Gillani has called for the stern implementation of directives passed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan on 29 December last year pertaining to complete elimination of encroachments and retrieving every inch of the railways’ encroached land anywhere in letter and spirit.

He directed that during a meeting conducted under his chair at the DS Office Karachi that was attended by CEO PR Nisar Ahmad Memon, AGM Traffic Syed Mazhar Ali Shah, AGM Infrastructure Asif Mateen Zaidi, DS Karachi Muhammad Hanif Gul, PD KCR Ameer Mohammad Daudpota and divisional officers.

The Chairman was briefed, at length, about the three-month income, expenditure and occupancy statistics of KCR since revival of its operations from 19 November last year.

Project Director KCR Ameer Mohammad Daudpota apprised the Chairman of survey and other exercises carried out on the revival of remaining 16 kilometers of KCR loop line from Orangi to Drigh Road. Followed by his meeting with divisional officers, the Chairman held a meeting with the consortium of consultants for KCR revival at the DS office.

Chairman Railways, along with the officers, visited the recently rehabilitated Chinna Creek Bridge. He also did the footplate inspection of Old Keamari track that was in continual use during the rehabilitation period of Chinna Creek Bridge.


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Complete KCR in 9 months: SC


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KARACHI (TLTP): The Supreme Court ordered on Thursday that the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) be completed in the next nine months.

Headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, an apex court bench was hearing the KCR revival case at the Karachi registry.

Commissioner Karachi Naved Ali Shaikh informed the judges that the KCR track has been cleared of all encroachments.

At this, CJP Ahmed asked what is hampering the complete restoration of the KCR when all encroachments have been removed from the track. The KCR project director said the 14-kilometre long Orangi-City station track, which is dotted with nine stations, is operational. The complete KCR track is 43 kilometres long, the secretary railway said, adding the City-Drigh road track is also operational.

However, the Green Line BRT project has become a hurdle near Nazimabad, he pointed out. A flyover or an underpass need to be built there, he added.

The secretary railway said the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) has been given a contract for its construction. A lawyer for FWO rejected the secretary’s claim saying it has not been given any such contract.

The provincial transport secretary said that a work order in this regard had been issued following the cabinet’s approval, adding the organisation demanded Rs25 million for a pre-feasibility advice, which had also been released.

“FWO has been assigned the task to milk money,” CJP Gulzar remarked. “This is a public interest matter and you [FWO] have been demanding money.”
 

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