Karachi Circular Railway was constructed and opened for traffic in two phases in the year 1964 and 1970. It was originating from Drigh Road Station on main line and after crossing Shahrah-e-Faisal passes through populated areas of Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Johar, Liaquatabad, Nazimabad, SITE, Baldia, Liyari, Kharadar and finally touches Karachi City Station. Due to lack of finances in upgrading infrastructure and rolling stocks, the operational efficiency of Karachi Circular Railway margenerized, eventually the operations of KCR shut down in Dec 1999.

Karachi Circular Railway operations in timeline of history

  • 1964 KCR opens from Drigh Road to Wazir Mansion.
  • 1970 Railway is extended from Wazir Mansion to Karachi City.
  • 1970's Operation begins for the circle section (30 km of single-track with double-track right of way) and the main line section (14 km of double tack)
  • 1980's KCR operates 24 trains per day and the main line
  • operates 80 trains per day, providing transportation to more than 6 million passengers per year.
  • 1999 In December 1999, Operation stops.
  • 2005 In March 2005, Operation is restored using a main line to Karachi City.
  • 2005 In May 2005, operation is restored to Wazir Mansion on KCR.

Drawbacks in operation of KCR

In a report titled "Report of the Task Force on Revival of Karachi Circular Railway, published in November 2004" identified the following reasons for the cessation of operations of KCR which were:

  • Longer running time
  • Less frequency of trains
  • Lack of punctuality
  • Inadequate rail-road integration
  • Short of investment in rail infrastructure and rolling stock