KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Friday said that Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) and Keti Bandar are most important projects, the former would resolve the commuters’ problems in the city and the latter would play vital role in boosting economy.
This he said while talking to Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong who called on him here at the CM House, according to a statement.
The meeting was also attended by Counsel General of China in Karachi and Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput.
He said that KCR, Keti Bandar and Special Economic projects have
been approved within the CPEC framework while the KCR has reached at the implementation stage.
“I am thankful for your support and cooperation,” Murad Ali Shah said to the Ambassador of China.
The CM Sindh said that the KCR route has been cleared from encroachments and Pakistan Railways was on board for acquiring the 360 acres land for right of way (RoW) for KCR.
The Keti Bandar project is being processed for preparing its feasibility while land has been allocated for China-Pakistan Special Economic Zone at Dhabeji, he said.
Once the feasibility and other approvals of the Keti 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 CM Sindh that at present 20,000 students from Pakistan are living in China.
This kind of mutual understanding for development and prosperity would further strengthen with the completion of the CPEC project, the CM Sindh said and 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 Federal government has already furnished feasibility report of KCR to Chinese Ministry of Transport, tender document has been made ready as contract would be awarded by the second week of December.
The foundation stone of the KCR would be laid at Wazir Mansion on December 25,- the birthday of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
He said that KCR, Keti Bandar and establishment of special economic zone at Dhabeji would usher in new vistas of development and prosperity in the province.