Japan still ready to fund Karachi Circular Railway

Published: February 3, 2016
The Ministry of Railways has allocated 250 acres of land to shift all encroachments and relocate the displaced people. PHOTO: FILE

The Ministry of Railways has allocated 250 acres of land to shift all encroachments and relocate the displaced people. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Japanese government is ready to provide support and funds for revival of the Karachi Circular Railway project as it is still positive about the scheme, Japan’s Economic and Development Counsellor in Pakistan Takashi Harada said.

“It is a mega project of a mega city; we are discussing relocation of people with the government of Sindh,” he said while talking to APP on Tuesday. “We need support and facilitation from the departments concerned for executing this project.”

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The building of Karachi Circular Railway is expected to mitigate sufferings of millions of commuters in the port city, which has a huge demand for urban transport.

However, encroachments by land mafia along the project route are considered a major hurdle to the revival of the project. Now, the Ministry of Railways has allocated 250 acres of land to shift all encroachments and relocate the displaced people.

According to the project plan, the circular railway has a total route length of 43.24 km, of which 15.68 km is on ground, 23.86 km is elevated and 2.28 km is in tunnels with a 1.42km bridge in between. It would have 24 stations and electric-powered trains will ply between them.

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Karachi Urban Transport Corporation will run the project as a public-private partnership with technical assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Karachi has seven industrial zones that are playing an important role in powering the national economy. The project will provide new job opportunities in the city and as a result standard of living of people will rise.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 3rd, 2016.

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  • Random Passerby
    Feb 3, 2016 - 9:01AM

    Japan is ready but not the Sindh government.Recommend

  • The Truth
    Feb 3, 2016 - 9:09AM

    If the issue is illegal encroachments, then why are we rewarding the encroachers by giving them a relocation package? This only continu s the cycle of encroachmentRecommend

  • ali
    Feb 3, 2016 - 10:00AM

    Its not in Punjab. Thats the blocker.Recommend

  • W
    Feb 3, 2016 - 10:02AM

    However nothing will happen as the Transport mafia will again manage to derail this project.Recommend

  • Sindh
    Feb 3, 2016 - 10:11AM

    Who need japan, when our own people from Sindh can make it? It should not matter even if cost exceed 100X the investment Japan is ready to make (or even it might take 30+ years to complete). After all, it high time for people in Sindh to earn.Recommend

  • Allah Hafiz
    Feb 3, 2016 - 10:13AM

    No Japan….China is our master…Recommend

  • Hassan
    Feb 3, 2016 - 10:26AM

    now karachiits need to raise their voice to force the government on this, we need a mega transport network in karachi and it has been due since long. we r contributing to the economy and we need to be facilitated. that is it.Recommend

  • Jehanzeb K.
    Feb 3, 2016 - 12:05PM

    People of Karachi and Sindh should enbloc vote for any party other than PPP-MQM duo who are strictly working on an anti-peoples agenda. All metro bus projects have been built and financed by Punjab government without any loans or financial input from Federal government. Sindh which until last year had a higher per capita budget than any other province (even if the most exaggerated population growth projections are taken to be true) has failed to finance and build a single project in Karachi or rest of the province.

    After the much famed 18th amendment they no longer need any approval from Federal government for any projects nor do they need permission to clear encroachments which primarily consist of building projects built under auspices of ministers current and former, from both parties.Recommend

  • Haris
    Feb 3, 2016 - 12:12PM

    Nothing can happen with Sindh govt.Recommend

  • SHNK
    Feb 3, 2016 - 12:24PM

    @Jehanzeb K.: MQM dialogue with this Japanese authorities several times but its Sindh Govt who rejected it. Recommend

  • Ali S
    Feb 3, 2016 - 12:40PM

    We should take it before the hopeless PPP govt squanders it again. Unlike our preferred Chinese friends, Japan is known for dealing in quality products, so at least we’ll be getting our money’s worth here.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 3, 2016 - 2:11PM

    As long as the PPP-Z is in power nothing meaningful will happen……reviving the KCR is the best, lest expensive ( possibly that is why PPP-Z is NOT interested ) proposal to provide cheap affordable transport for the 20 million of Karachi. Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Feb 3, 2016 - 2:51PM

    Let the karachites vote for Shahbaz Sharif next time!Recommend

  • Feb 3, 2016 - 3:46PM

    A must for our city. Shame on PPP govt. for having no long term plans for the development of the city and the province. Their moto, take the money and run!Recommend

  • Conflict of Interest
    Feb 3, 2016 - 3:59PM

    Wondering nobody wonders why Japanese will build us a Circular Railway while their car manufacturing companies are a direct beneficiary of the lack of Mass Transit in Karachi. Or we think that Japanese cannot do any wrong – which is a common perception in Pakistan! Anyone who knows the tricks these Japanese car makers use to lobby around our corrupt government to safeguard their monopolistic field here and fool around by keep selling obsolete car models would agree with this analysis!Recommend

  • Pankaj
    Feb 3, 2016 - 4:35PM

    @Allah Hafiz:
    Dear friend, Japan is way much better then China is any parameter. Its true that they sounds more expensive than Chinese but with Japan you will find timely delivery of project, no corruption, very high quality and safety, and state of art technology. So ultimately you find Japan cheaper than China. Recommend

    Feb 3, 2016 - 5:04PM

    Sindh government of Feudals do not want to do any good for Karachi……Karachi should be made a separate province to manage its affairs properly…..Recommend

  • Conflict of Interest
    Feb 3, 2016 - 5:11PM

    @Pankaj: I guess you have not seen Suzuki Mehran being sold by Suzuki Japan’s 100% owned subsidiary for more than USD 7,000!Recommend

  • Jehanzeb K.
    Feb 3, 2016 - 5:14PM


    If you still believe there is any sort of split or difference between MQM and PPP, you are only kidding yourself. MQM and PPP ministers have joint construction projects all over the city. Moreover, it was none other than the former Ports & Shipping minister Mr. Babar Ghauri who squandered the project for the first time in past decade after Pervez Musharraf tried to revive it and KPT refused to provide the land required.

    I would like to think that the blame game should fool no one by now but clearly every time I visit Karachi, I notice that it remains a very successful strategy. Same is true for PPP support in interior Sindh.Recommend

  • Napier Mole
    Feb 3, 2016 - 5:20PM

    It is for MQM to seize the initiative and keep this offer alive till the time they get back their local government powers. A cornerstone of MQM’s urban agenda should be the formation of a metropolitan transport authority in Karachi and the establishment of an integrated mass transit system as the ultimate goal.If necessary, the local government reps should talk directly to the Japan government if Sindh government does not. Palliatives like Green Line are not going to resolve Karachi’s transport woes.Recommend

  • hasan ali
    Feb 3, 2016 - 6:08PM

    JAICA the Japanese aid agency has also been dragging its feet. Partial implementation should have been started in areas which are less problematic.
    Japanese aid agency should also try to bypass the Sindh government and involve the Army chief and Federal government and sign the road map like the Chinese did with CPEC. If the Chinese had waited for the Sindh government to sign it works have been another 5 year delay.Recommend

  • M A Hameed
    Feb 3, 2016 - 7:39PM

    I have worked out a plan that will provide far bigger transport facility to people at a far less cost than revival of Circular Railway. The implementation will also be much simpler.Recommend

  • Haroon Rashid
    Feb 3, 2016 - 10:02PM

    Japan’s Economic and Development Counsellor in Pakistan ExcellencyTakashi Harada thanks million on your note. Just last week when BOJ announced reduction in interest rates to in the Financial Times, London I gave my comments to consider the same Karachi Circular Railway on the new interest rates which Indian Prime Minister enjoyed on the visit of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in New Delhi for the bullet train.
    The city of Karachi would love to have Shinkasen bullet trains in Karachi, sububs, industrial towns.
    The whole city and country loves and work with the Japanese technology compliant to IPR and international standards being operational worldwide.
    I’m sure the people of Pakistan will be supportive to your offer, and the visit of the Honorable Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to launch the Karachi Circular Railway as in New Delhi and many emerging nations as Vietnam and other countries.Recommend

  • Feb 3, 2016 - 10:09PM

    our govt don’t want to complete itRecommend

  • Feb 3, 2016 - 11:36PM

    do it as soon as possibleRecommend

  • SHNK
    Feb 3, 2016 - 11:54PM

    @Jehanzeb K.: First get the correct knowledge than talk.Recommend

  • fus
    Feb 4, 2016 - 12:38AM

    @ Jehanzeb K.- Meray Bhai, let me enlighten you and all the viewers, during last two years of Mustafa Kamal, everything was pretty much settled but the Japanese Government was asking for Sovereign Guarantee, guess who created the huddle, it was not the corrupt Sindh Government, but Punjab Government of PML. So PPP was uninterested since they could not get kick backs and PML govt. who created huddles for Federal govt. to give Sovereign guarantee.

    Btw whether Karachi population is exaggerated or not, but the fact is that during 1998 census both Karachi and Sindh population was kept on the lower side. DO you understand what would happen if Karachi population actually comes out to 18-22 Million. The seats in both Provincial and National assemblies would increase, unjust job quota would also change. Recommend

  • irfan
    Feb 4, 2016 - 1:53AM

    Till this government of mostly comprising of looters and plunderers exists nothing is going to happen.Recommend

  • Feb 4, 2016 - 8:23AM

    JICA! Please stop crying your heart outfox the Circular Railway! Firstly, Pakistan is an unironable and coagulated mess of racial hatred, corruption, and election laws that allow carpetbaggers to come from villages and sit in cities.
    Secondly, Do you think the Federal government in Punjab will allow? It has not been coming in five decades so, why bother now? Haaah! It has its plethora of supporters/facilitators in Karachi that do its bidding. SalamRecommend

  • Feb 4, 2016 - 11:07AM

    And Bhutto is still alive.Recommend

  • Dire
    Feb 4, 2016 - 11:47AM

    Sindh govt. is not even interest in saving innocent children lives in Thar… why do you think they would be interested in such an upscale project !

    May Allah deal with these most incompetent rulers of Sindh !Recommend

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