KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the Ministry of Railway was creating hurdles in the establishment of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) and â€œI am loudly telling the Ministry [railway] that the railway land in the city belongs to the people of Karachi and this land would be resumed for KCR if the possession of right of way is denied.â€�
This he said while presiding over a preparatory meeting held here at the 7th floor of New Sindh Secretariat for CPEC related Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) Meeting to be held in Islamabad on November 20-21.
In the meeting, the chief minister was told that the railways authorities were reluctant to hand over Karachi Urban Transport Company (KUTC) to Provincial government. It was also pointed out that the railway authorities were also reluctant to hand over portion of railway track right from City Station to Drigh Road station for KCR.
On this, the chief minister expressing serious displeasure said that the Ministry of Railways has never been sincere to KCR. â€œFrom the very first day, the railway ministry was creating hurdles so that it could not be implemented under CPEC,â€� he said and added â€œthe land of Railways in Sindh belongs to provincial government and it would be used only for the benefit of people of the province in general and for Karachiites in particular,â€� he said clearly.
The chief minister directed chief secretary Rizwan Memon to talk to railway authorities and â€œI would talk to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to settle the issue,â€� he said and went on saying that he was committed with the people of Karachi for giving them KCR.
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