Karachi Circular Railway service now available from Dhabeji to Orangi Town

Karachi: Pakistan Railways has achieved further progress in reviving the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) as the commuter rail service is now available on a 74-kilomtres-long track in the provincial capital.

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Earlier, in November last year, the then Railways Minister Shaikh Rasheed Ahmad inaugurated the KCR service on an over 40-kilometre track from Pipri Railway Station in suburbs of Karachi till City Railway Station in the city centre using the main railway track.

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Now the KCR service will be available from Dhabeji Railway station from outside Karachi till Orangi Town station.

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The Pakistan Railways’ main progress in this regard is restoration of 14 kilometres-long track within Karachi from City Railway Station to Orangi Town for providing the commuter rail service to the people of Karachi.

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The newly restored intra-city railway track from City Station to Orangi Town comprises of eight commuter stations and 12 gated-crossings. The areas of Manghopir, SITE, Shah Abdul Latif, Baldia, Lyari and Wazir Mansion comes between the track from Orangi Town to City Station.

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The one-side journey from Dhabeji to Orangi Town will cost each commuter just Rs 30 as the Railways has subsidised the ticket of the partially revived KCR service.

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The KCR train comprises of five coaches as it has the capacity to accommodate 500 passengers.

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The Railways makes progress to revive the KCR in line with the directives of Supreme Court of Pakistan.

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Daily commute

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In his statement on the occasion, Divisional Superintendent of Railways in Karachi Muhammad Hanif Gul greeted the people of the city as the revival of the KCR further got extended on a railway track within Karachi.

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He said the KCR’s extended service would lessen the miseries of people of the city for their daily commute to and from the workplace.

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He also appreciated the hard work by the officers, labourers, and staff members of the Railways to revive the KCR. The DS Karachi also personally inspected a 16 kilometres-long portion of the track from Orangi Town to Drigh Road railway station.

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It is worth mentioning here that the KCR service had initially started in 1964 and came to a halt in 1999 mainly due to deterioration in service and acute financial losses incurred by the Railways.

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