Planned route for Karachi Circular Railway

Found this through SkyScraperCity, it is the planned extentions to the KCR, to make it more expansive in the city. However, an interesting discussion was taken up on that forum on whether it was still viable to KCR as an option or not. Swerveut (known here as SWA) gave quite a few reasons why KCR should not be revived.

Recognizing KCR trains/bogeys here is very easy, since they are color-coded blue. I’ve seen them runnning between cantt and drigh road stations, cannot vouch for the other areas yet, and overtime, the number of people on the train have also been increasing slowly.

SWA has also created a google earth mashup of where the KCR line is passing currently, which can be viewed here. The yellow line shows the track.

11 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

    looks good but lots of illegal settlements will have to be removed and will have same repercussions that were faced while getting liyari expressway land evacuated..

  2. shobz (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 4:19 pm

    best of luck! hope there is no red tape to stall the project. I would really love for karachi to have its own mass transit network.

  3. Rukun (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 7:32 pm

    i hope it works out well, always liked public transport better.

  4. verysmart (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 7:36 pm

    the diagram is an old schematic, I have heard that this design has been modified lately.

  5. Kashif (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 10:53 pm

    Instead of spending so much money on flyovers and underpasses i wonder why ‘they’ haven’t gone for a circular railway across khi? It could have used the existing structure or an alleviated bullet train type thingy could have been made. By the way Karachi grows, this new crop of flyovers and underpasses would be insufficient in handful of years.

  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 7:06 am

    @kashif: tu jaib mey paisa kahan se aata?

  7. Owais Mughal (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 8:04 am

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  8. kidal (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 10:17 am

    “alleviated bullet train type thingy”

    Kashif, I think you mean elevated rail system

    In Singapore it is known as MRT (mass rapid transit)
    In Malaysia it is known as LRT (light rail transit)
    In Canada/US its known as Metro or Subway depending on the city. I don’t know what its called officially.

    But I think this is something else. It is the circular railway line which comes under the jurisdiction of Pakistan Railways.

    In Montreal, Canada, there is the Metro system. And then there is the train system, which has fewer stops and covers a larger area.

  9. mansoor (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 12:33 pm

    verysmart: my apologies.. i tried checking it out and it appeared to be the latest. Still, for a project which might never see light of day, the diagram is a good place to start :p

  10. d0ct0r (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 12:10 pm

    seriously i think federal government should implement this project coz in every election ruling party changes and then this project gets delayed we urgently need it, either Army/FWO/Railway should be handed over this project or federal government should personally take over this project…

  11. zeeshan (unregistered) on February 17th, 2007 @ 8:39 am

    Mass Transit in Karachi? The Afghan mafia that controls the Traffic Mafia is NEVER going to let that happen. They are gona feed the police/government with all the money they want and keep their mouths shut :D

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