In the 1970s, the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) ran 80 trips a day carrying nearly six million people across a 44-kilometre track, according to a new Samaa multimedia story. The railway shut down in 1999, leaving a void in the mega city’s public transport system that has not yet been filled since.
Ismail Sheikh’s Samaa report builds upon the urgent need of Karachi’s millions of commuters for affordable public transport. The story studies the city’s transport master plan and also documents efforts made to revive the KCR in the past before looking at what a new KCR project might offer.
The cost of a new KCR including locomotives is a staggering USD 1.97 billion and, as the story mentions, there is bickering at the top political and bureaucratic levels on how to fund the mammoth bill.
Read the story here and watch Samaa’s cool video showing the KCR route.