Karachi: The Karachi Circular Railway (KCR)’s track from the City Railway Station to Orangi Station on Wednesday was made operational and accessible to the public – after the execution of successful test runs last week, according to news sources.
The KCR train comprising six coaches that will enable passengers to travel within the city. Each coach has the capacity to accommodate 100 passengers (64 seated, 36 standing). The locals expressed their joy at the clearance of encroachments from the station and the resuming of the train services.
The newly-operational KCR track of 14 kilometres between Orangi and City Station entails six stations and 12 level crossings. The introductory fare is set at PKR 30 – regardless of the distance travelled. Reportedly, the train will make brief spots at ‘Manghopir, SITE, Shah Abdul Latif, Baldia, Lyari, and Wazir Mansion en route to the City Station’. From then on – the train will cover another 60 kilometres towards Dhabeji.
Divisional Superintendent Pakistan Railways Karachi Mohammad Hanif Gul revealed that the loop line restoration of KCR will also commence soon.