Federal, Sindh govts agree to initiate trial runs of local trains in Karachi

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KARACHI: The Sindh and federal governments on Saturday agreed to start trial runs of local trains in the metropolis in the next two months on a 12 kilometre railway track, said a press release issued by the chief minister’s office.

This agreement was finalised in a meeting between Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah and Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar. The two had met to formulate a strategy for the launch of the much-awaited Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) and to implement the Supreme Court orders to start local train projects in the port city.

The meeting decided to start local trains on a track of 12 kilometres from City Station to SITE as a trial run during the next two months. The two leaders also discussed whether the local train system would sync in with the modern railway system of KCR.

During the meeting, CM Shah told the minister that the KCR was commissioned in 1964 and was used till 1984 and closed in 1999 after losing its “operational efficiency”. He added that the Sindh government had approved the initial PC-I for KCR’s revival in 2006, which was approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) in 2012 at the cost of $2.6 billion.

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