By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)
The Chairman of the Pakistan Railways, Habib-ur-Rehman Gillani has reckoned that the 55-kilometre long dual-track freight corridor from Karachi Port Trust (KPT) to Marshalling Yard Pipri would drastically curtail traffic congestion from Karachi city.
“The project’s estimated cost is Rs. 70 billion and will be completed within two years from the day of inception of its civil work” he observed while addressing the conference of stakeholders and transaction advisory services at the DS office Karachi on June 30. The meeting was also attended by representatives of various government organizations.
“Besides alleviating the traffic woes of Karachiites, the freight corridor project will also redress multiple environmental concerns, the Chairman Railways declared, adding that the freight corridor project would be built on the basis of Public-Private partnership and the share of both sectors would be determined soon.
The Chairman further informed that Pakistan Railways had been enhancing its line capacity and increasing its rolling stock to meet the growing needs of its passenger and freight traffic and services.
The Chairman Railways also presided over a meeting of KCR consortium of consultants and was briefed about the developments that would lead to resumption of KCR service on remaining 16-kilometre loop line from Orangi to Drigh Road.
In an another meeting the officials from Nespak consultancy firm met with the Chairman and gave a detailed presentation pertaining to the construction of railways theme park at Main Korangi Road.