Pakistani Delegation Visits Japan in Connection with the Revival of KCR Project
April 9, 2014
A seven member delegation from Pakistan visited Japan under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Dialogue & Training Program for the Urban Railway Development and Management for the KCR Project. The delegation was headed by Mr. Shamim Ahmed Sherazi, Managing Director Karachi Urban Railway Transport Corporation (KUTC). Representatives of Federal and Sindh governments accompanied the Managing Director as members of the delegation.
It was an opportunity to see the Japanese Railway Technology and its network. During the visit the delegation studied the railway network of Tsukuba Express, the land adjustment and railway development mostly organized by public sector. The delegation traveled from Tokyo to Sendai to see the Railway Construction sites including the Sendai subway and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in operation in the absence of railway network which was destroyed due to 2011 earthquake and Tsunami.
A Visit to Japan Transport Engineering Company (J-TREC) at Yokohama was also arranged.
During the visit the delegation interacted with concerned officials of Government of Japan, JICA, Japanese Consultants and Railway experts and discussed issues related with the KCR project. A special meeting was held with Dr. Talat Imtiaz, Economic Minister, Embassy of Pakistan in Japan on Revival of KCR. MD KUTC Mr. Shamim A. Sherazi apprised the Minister the details of the Project. The Economic Minister assured the MD KUTC that all resources will be mobilized for putting the KCR Project on the fast track. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Yasuyuki Ebata, Deputy Director, South west Asia Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Japan, JICA Officials and representatives of Government of Sindh Mr. Pritam Das Rajani, Special Secretary P&D and Mr. Fazal Karim Khatri, DG Mass Transit Cell.
MD KUTC along with Pakistani delegation held meetings with Director JICA South Asia Division and Director, Project Development Railway Bureau of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Government of Japan. He explained that all requirements and pre-conditions of donor agency JICA have been fulfilled and nothing is pending at our end; we are waiting for the Japanese Appraisal Mission to visit Pakistan and appraise the project. The Director hoped that the Revival of Karachi Circular Railway will bring a great change for the commuters of Karachi city and with all the support of Japanese technology; the KCR Project will be a success.
MD KUTC thanked the Director MILT for her positive words about KCR Project. He emphasized that KCR is a very important project and will indeed change the face of Karachi city and if the face of Karachi is changed, the face of entire country would be changed. MD KUTC requested MLIT (the concerned department of Government of Japan) to play its due role to put the KCR Project on priority.
On the last day, the Pakistani delegation met the Ambassador of Pakistan to Japan His Excellency Mr. Farukh Amil at the Embassy of Pakistan in Tokyo. Matters regarding Revival of KCR were discussed. The Ambassador highlighted the importance of KCR Project and assure to co-ordinate with JICA and other concerned departments of Government of Japan in relation with the KCR Project.
Later, the Ambassador hosted a dinner in honor of Pakistani delegation. Managing Director KUTC thanked the Ambassador for his insight and seriousness for the KCR Project. He presented KUTC shield to the Ambassador