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KARACHI: Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) will be built by China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) at a cost of $2.002 billion.

This was announced by the Caretaker Chief Minister of Sindh, former Justice Maqbool Baqir, after a meeting with the President and Vice President of CRCC in Beijing. According to media reports, the KCR will be a 43-km long elevated railway with 24 stations.

It is expected to carry 650,000 passengers per day and will connect the diverse landscape of Karachi, including industrial zones, commercial, and residential areas.

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The KCR project was included in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in 2016. A new feasibility study was prepared in 2023, which updated the cost of the project to $2.002 billion.

The Caretaker Chief Minister of Sindh and Vice President of CRCC agreed to resolve the land issues related to the KCR project. The construction of the KCR is expected to begin in 2024 and will be completed in three years.

Once completed, the KCR will be a major boost to Karachi’s transportation system and will help to reduce traffic congestion in the city.

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Hassan Oct 19, 2023 09:42am
Excellent, Hope that the KCR will be completed at the earliest. thanks Hassan
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cool Oct 20, 2023 02:45pm
seems like pro west leaders and parties have no other option to get financing for the projects except from China.
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Taher Oct 20, 2023 11:59pm
this project dates back to 1955 but the badly needed project was deliberately delayed by bureaucracy by refusing sovereign guarantees. whereas Lahore got it at once with no hurdles. Then Japan offered the lowest rate to build kcr but the project was denied for the above cited reason. I won't believe any progress in this connection until and unless the project physically appears on the ground and we see it with our own eyes. so absolutely no hopes for Karachi's betterment projects. project has not been signed yet but has become the talk of the town....... astonishing......
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