6-month deadline to complete KCR project, Supreme Court

Past Friday, the Supreme Court ordered to make Karachi Circular Railways (KCR) functional in six months by removing encroachments on the land belonging to the Pakistan Railways.

During the conference at Supreme Court’s Karachi registry, Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed cautioned issuing contempt of court notification to Prime Minister Imran Khan and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah if the concerned neglect to execute court orders.

In the meantime, Sindh Advocate General Salman Talibuddin told the court that reclamation of 24 gates of KCR is a troublesome undertaking over which, the CJP expressed disdain and inquired as to why the work has not been started. “You people do not want to improve the system and just come up with long written stories,” he added.

Already, the apex court had looked for a total record of buildings surpassing ground plus two-story structure in Karachi and guided the Sindh chief secretary to present a comprehensive answer in fourteen days.

The court likewise condemned the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) authorities for wrecking the magnificence of Karachi for individual interests.

The Supreme Court additionally coordinated the railroads and Sindh government authorities to do an activity for the expulsion of the infringements from all the railroad lands. The land meant for Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) is still under encroachment, so it is further delayed. The KCR was planned to guarantee a smooth transportation facility for the people.

The top court highlighted that for such an operation, security forces from all over the country can participate.

The Chief Justice remarked that the bench has still not been given any appropriate update of the KCR and its framework, as neither the railroad secretary has any guidelines from the central government nor the Advocate General of Sindh Salman Talibuddin from the provincial government.



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