KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah on Friday said the route for Karachi Circular Railway has been cleared from encroachments and Pakistan Railways was on board to reclame 360 acres land required to execute the project.
He stated this while talking to Chinese Ambassador Mr Sun Weidong who called on him here at the CM House. The meeting was also attended by Counsel General of China in Karachi.
CM Sindh said that KCR, Keti Bandar and Special Economic Zone projects have been approved within the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework while the KCR has reached at the implementation stage. “I am thankful for your support and cooperation,” he said Chinese ambassador.
The Keti Bandar projects is being processed for preparing its feasibility while land has been allocated for China-Pakistan Special Economic Zone at Dhabeji. “Once the feasibility and other approvals of the Keto Bandar and Special Economic Zone Dhabeji are made they would be presented in the next Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting,” he told the ambassador.
The ambassador told the chief minister that at present 20,000 Pakistanis, students and others are living in China. “This kind of mutual understanding for development and prosperity would further strengthen with the completion of the CPEC project,” said the chief minister.
He added that he had personally witnessed that the Thari workers engaged in Coal Mining project and Chinese easily communicating with each other. “This shows that Tharis are also learning Chinese,” he said.
It may be noted that Sindh government through Fed government has already provided Feasibikity report of KCR to Chinese Ministry of Transport, tender document has been made ready and by the second week of December 2017 contract would be awarded and the foundation stone of the KCR would be laid at Wazir Mansion on December 25, 2017 – the birthday of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
He said that KCR, Keti Bandar and establishment of special economic zine at Dhabejo would usher in new vistas of development and prosperity in the province.