Federal Minister for Pakistan Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed inaugurated ‘Karachi Circular Railway’ (KCR) at City Station on Thursday, November 19, 2020.
Mr. Rasheed Ahmed confirmed earlier that KCR will start from 19th November 2020 reason he mentioned that ‘We are waiting for four more coaches to reach from Islamabad Carriage Factory, so we can complete the 8 sets of trains.’
In the first phase, Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) trains will operate from City Station to Pipri meanwhile City station to Orangi Town track has been cleared yet not in service.
The expected Seconds phase to revive Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) from City station to Pipri will be completed within 2 weeks, Shiekh Rasheed said.
Karachi Circular Railway Fares
- Rs 30 (City Station to Pipri Station)
- Rs 750 (Travel pass for a month 30 days validity)
- Rs 50 (Yet no applicable on the exiting route)
KCR Revives after 20 Years
Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) revives after 20 years of suspension, In year 1999 the KCR service was called off due to lack of budget and public interest.
KCR covers most of the metropolitan city from the financial Wall Street of Karachi (I.I.Chundrigar) to Industrial Zone S.I.T.E, Orangi Town making its way from Karachi Port Trust (KPT) to Port Qasim and Pipri (Pakistan Steels).
The Project faced hurdles due to political will as the PPP Government kept promising citizens for the Public Transport (Buses) which never showed up. Meanwhile, Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif started the construction of Greenline which is yet to be completed.
The sign of relief for the public as now KCR is on the run once again, however breaking habits and adopting new type mode of transport for this generation might take some time.
The Inter-city Railway stations requires repairing and Ticket Office some of the stations were completely vanished from the surface in last 20 years.