Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid inaugurated the Circular Railway in Karachi.
Due to non-completion of Karachi Circular Railway track, only 46 km track will be run from City Station to Pipri ie Gharo. Due to poor condition of many places including gates and tracks and untimely completion of preparations, train service will be available at only 13 out of 21 stations.
The fare of Karachi Circular Railway train will be Rs 50 per person while the speed will be barely 35 km per hour.
Due to inactivity of 14 km track from City Station to Orangi Station, Karachi Circular Railway is currently running from Pipri Yard to Karachi City (only 13 out of 21 stations in total).
Between the remaining 8 stations, some crossings, some underpasses and overhead bridges must be constructed, for which a new date has been given for running circular trains from December 15 to 30 on the remaining 14 km track.
As there is no arrangement to turn the engine of the circular railway train, one engine will pull the train and the other will pull it back, so one engine will continue to run and the other one without usage at the same time.
According to officials, the train will cover a distance of 46 km in an hour and a half.
Railway officials say that Karachi Circular Railway is a deficit deal, its operational expenses will not be met. However, thanks to the Supreme Court that the circular railway is being restored after 6 months of struggle.
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