Imran Khan, governor, CM and ministers pray after the groundbreaking ceremony of KCR project in Karachi on Monday.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan performed the groundbreaking of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project worth Rs207 billion in Karachi on Monday.
Addressing the ceremony, he said federal and provincial governments will have to work jointly to address issues of Karachi. He said water shortage is a big challenge of Karachi and the K-4 project will help resolve this issue.
Imran said Karachi is the economic hub of the country and we have to design more projects for the city to cope with growing population and transport issues.
In line with the vision of the federal government to modernise the public transport in Karachi, the circular railway is not only being rehabilitated but also being expanded and modernised.
The thirty stations of the modern circular railway will link residential, industrial and office areas. This will not only reduce the flow of traffic in Karachi but also facilitate the passengers.
A Pakistan Railways spokesman said the track of KCR will be built without crossings on which trains would run at the speed of 80 kilometres per hour while each train would have the capacity of 814 passengers.
Sindh Governor Imran Ismail said that the Rs207 billion mega project will be completed in three years, adding that 16 stations would be built along the 43kilometre-long track.
He said that Green Line Bus Service will also be operationalised next month and the K-4 water supply project will be completed by the end of 2023.
"Inclusion of Karachi Comprehensive Coastal Development Zone in CPEC [China-Pak Economic Corridor] is game changer. Will cleanup our marine habitat for fishermen, develop 20k low income housing units & present opportunities for investors. Will put Khi (Karachi) at par with developed port cities,” the premier posted on his official Twitter handle.
For quite some time, the area became a battleground between the police and protesters. The government servants had planned the protest for the past two weeks and had made announcements to the effect.
"We had a very difficult two years. We didn't have foreign exchange and couldn't pay our debts. We have avoided a huge crisis because we didn't default (payments). But I know it hasn't been easy for the people, I understand the difficulties they faced and still are facing,” he said in a televised address to the nation.
In a tweet on Sunday, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Syed Shibli Faraz said the prime minister will receive phone calls from general public at 4pm tomorrow. General public can contact the prime minister by dialing 051-9210809 to directly talk to Imran Khan.
The prime minister said that blessings and prosperity came from God but it was up to humans to make the effort for them. He called upon the public to participate and donate to the programme with charity before Ramadan.
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