After a successful trial run of the entire track, the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) will reportedly commence operations from today.
Local mainstream media reported that the train traversed successfully from Karachi Station to Orangi Station, prompting the operationalization of the track.
Initially, the portion of the track from Karachi to Orangi had not been functional due to certain hindrances and technical faults which have now been resolved.
Reportedly, the KCR 1 Up, which is the first train on the track, was scheduled to commence regular operations from Orangi Station at 4:16 PM today.
The KCR 1 Up will include the Manghopir, SITE, Shah Abdul Latif, Baldia, Lyari, and Wazir Mansion stations along its daily route, with City Station as its final destination.
The KCR 2 Down will arrive at Orangi Station at 10:10 am tomorrow, and the KCR 2 Down locomotive will transport passengers to the abovementioned stations.
As per details, the distance between City Station and Orangi Station is 14 km, with eight stations and twelve railway crossings in between. Initially, the KCR 1 Up and KCR 2 Down will run the daily routes. Each locomotive will haul five coaches which, when combined, can accommodate 500 passengers.
The one-way fare for the service is Rs. 30.