Anti encroachment operation on Karachi Circular Railway to start from Tuesday

KARACHI: The grand operation against encroachments on the land allotted for the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) will start from Tuesday (tomorrow).

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Joint Director of Land and Railway Imtiaz Siddiqui said that the operation will start on Tuesday from the furniture market in Karachi’s Ghareebabad area. Siddiqui said that nearly 1,200 encroachments stand on the land allocated for abandoned project of railway, local media reported.

The director said that they have already issued notices to the people residing there. “We don’t want anyone to suffer any losses,” Siddiqui said.

The KCR has a long, sad and puzzling history, both before and since it virtually ceased to operate in 1999.

It is pertinent to mention here that Prime Minister Imran Khan, on December 5, had directed the attorney general of Pakistan to file a review petition on the top court’s order to remove all encroachments across the metropolis.

It is pertinent to mention here that the decision was taken after Justice Gulzar Ahmed of the Supreme Court ordered authorities to immediately removed encroachments from railway lines and revive the KCR.

HISTORY OF KCR:

The KCR has a long, sad and puzzling history, both before and since it virtually ceased to operate in 1999.

The project was launched during President Ayub Khan’s tenure in 1962. The service became a full circle of 44km in 1970 and connected Karachi’s four main work areas: the port, the Sindh Industrial Trading Estate (SITE), the city’s central commercial areas such as Saddar and the Landhi Industrial Area.

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