Karachi: The work to reopen the 43-kilometer long world-class Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project, which has been closed for more than two decades, is set to begin next month.

On Wednesday, a meeting at the Ministry of Planning and Development determined that the feasibility study for the KCR project is on track and would be finished by the end of August, as planned.

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The meeting was attended by Asad Umar, Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives, Azam Khan Swati, Secretaries of Planning and Railways, the Chief Executive Officer of the Public-Private Partnership Authority, and top officials from the two ministries. The raid was led by Asad Umar and directed the railway authorities to ensure that the ground-breaking takes place in September 2021.

Historically, KCR originally started in 1964 and was the main means for transportation used by the Karachiites as approximately six million people travelled on it in a year. However, the railway ceased its operations in 1999 after it suffered huge losses.

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When finished, the KCR is planned to carry an average of 700,000 people each day on 246 trains. Furthermore, the project is projected to facilitate 40% of the goods destined for upcountry travel. The project is critical for the inhabitants of Karachi’s socioeconomic well-being.

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