Revival of Karachi Circular Railways, Finally!

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Karachi Circular Railways of Pakistan has been going through a series of obstacles since the prospects of it's revival came forward.  Karachi is now faced with a car traffic mess that it has to overcome.  Many knew that the reality of it happening may be by force, but the realities of the traffic mess that it has faced and the lack of innovative leadership has caused the Karachi Circular Railways.

The decline of quality of the Karachi Circular Railways began in the 1970's and then in the 1980's, the decline in quality forced it in to closure.  With attempts to revive it, every mission was a failure.  The real victim of this was the masses who would come to Karachi for their job.  It only added to their obstacles because just to get to work, now they had to opt for unreliable buses and taxis. 

Finally in 2002, the Provincial Government of Sindh decided to focus on the revitalization of the Karachi Railway Project.  A project that was envisioned only two and a half decades earlier, now had the focus and the attention it needed.  Althought it came too late for those that lived during that period of time and will not make up of the people who lost their lives in their quest to find an alternative method of transportation or created additional time and financial costs to find other ways to transport through Karachi, it did change the mindset of the governing institutions.

Perhaps, because the traffic of Karachi was getting too bad, but what is different today is that despite the overpasses built, the government is not using that as an excuse for not implementing the project, but rather, adapting to the needs of the citizens of not only Karachi, but other parts of Pakistan.  People come from rural Sindh and Balochistan to work in Karachi.   This project gives them hope that they will spend that one extra day of Eid with their families.  These projects have been taken for granted by the the Federal Government. 

However, today, we have to congratulate the Federal Government for putting it's step forward and giving the Project it's due.  This will not only help the citizens, but the business community to transport it's goods and services more effectively which will result in greater revenue for the government of the city, province and the country. 

However, with Karachi Circular Railways hopes comes the potential constraints and hope that we may not have to have another revival of the project.  The key is that we should have a world class facility that ensures quality, safety, security and affordability.  Some challengers say that we just need the basic needs of the system and we do not need it to be modern, that was the mindset that led to the eventual demise of the project. 

When you want to invest in something, a used product will have it's threats of it's own flaws and you will end up paying more money in the maintainance rather than buying a new product such as the difference between a new and a used car.  Also, with green technology becoming more popular and more important with the rise in global warming, a new, modern, environmentally friendly transportation system should be the standard for the Karachi Circular Railways. 

Just because Pakistan is a third world country should not mean that it should stay with third world standards, it should advance, project and modernize it's transportation system to keep up with the innovation of the railways and ensure that the railroad will be a success.  So if a major world class event happened in Karachi in which Karachi hopes to attract tourists around the world, the Karachi Circular Railways would be the recommended mode of transportation for the tourists as well as for the citizens.  

2014 is the projected completion date of the Karachi Circular Railways Project, and you play a role in it's part.  You must not only hold the government accountable, but also help the government meet it's target date.  We will make it happen, but we can not expect big things from the Pakistan government, unless we help them in the Karachi Circular Railways project.  There are challenges of the transportation interest groups but they can also benefit if they understand that it will also help improve their quality and services.  You are the part of the team that will make it happen. 

Munzir Naqvi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Kennesaw State University.

He serves as an advisor to the Pakistan Israel Peace Forum (PIPF) & Pakistan The Next Five Years. Mr. Naqvi has served as President of Student Government at Kennesaw State University in 2004-2005. 

Naqvi is interested in developing countries and economic policies.  He is an advocate of Free Trade in a Free World.  His Motto is Diplomacy before Dialogue.  You can follow him at www.twitter.com/naqvi and Join the Facebook Group: Pakistan The Next Five Years

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