Centre, Sindh on one track for Karachi Circular Railway project

Sheikh Rashid says federal, provincial govts to build circular railway together

By: News Desk
Published: 03:19 PM, 19 Feb, 2020
Centre, Sindh on one track for Karachi Circular Railway project
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Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid has said that there is complete consensus between the Centre and Sindh government regarding Karachi Circular Railway project.

While praising the practical intent of the Sindh government after meeting Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah regarding KCR project, the railway minister said that the framework agreement regarding the two-billion-dollar project has been agreed upon between Islamabad and Sindh, adding that work would begin as soon as China disburses the money for it.

Signifying the importance of Karachi Circular Railway, the minister said KCR is the part of CPEC, and both the Centre and Sindh would disburse Rs10 billion each for the project. As announced by CM Murad Ali Shah, the Sindh government is also agreed to give Rs40 billion, 15 percent of KCR budget.

“KCR trains would be the latest,” said the railway minister.

Reiterating the unity between Islamabad and Sindh over the issue, the minister said that “we will complete this project together.”

About the encroachment issue, Sheikh Rashid said that the government would clear as much as 50 feet land from the encroachers along the track, and will erect police check posts after clearing it. “We are also figuring out how to repopulate the people displaced in the process,” he said.

In addition, Sheikh Rashid did not miss his usual admonition against the political opponents, saying that PML-N and PPP are not going to do anything.

About tackling the recent food crisis, the minister said “Imran Khan is a stubborn man; he will not let go those responsible for wheat and sugar crises.”