SC for up-gradation of Railways, revival of KCR to make journey by train safer for passengers.


ISLAMABAD -- The Supreme Court (SC) Thursday directed the Pakistan Railways to take immediate measures to make journey by train safer for the passengers.

A two-member bench comprising Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan heard the case regarding colossal losses incurred by Pakistan Railways.

During the course of proceedings, a report was submitted by the railways ministry secretary/chairman, wherein, reference had been made for the up-gradation of Railways through ML-I, under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor and also for the revival of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR).

He informed the court about the ML-I project that the PC-I was now pending with Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for the approval and as soon as the said approval was received, work would be started.

The bench said ECNEC should consider the PC-I as per rules within a period of one month.

Regarding KCR, the court was informed that considerable work on the ground had been done and there were bottlenecks because of a Nala near Urdu University and Green Line near Nazimabad.

The railways secretary said if the Sindh government took immediate action and paved the way for Railways at those two bottlenecks, the remaining work of the KCR would be completed and made operational.

The railways secretary also said there were railway crossings at which the Sindh government had undertaken to provide for construction of either overhead or underground roads/paths, so that there was no eventuality of any one crossing the railway line.

The court directed the Sindh chief secretary to ensure the completion of three piece of works expeditiously so that the KCR could be enabled to run in Karachi.

The court directed the Sindh...

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