LAHORE: Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed yesterday said that he will ensure encroached railways land in Karachi is recovered. Speaking to media, Rasheed said the land will be recovered no matter how influential a person is occupying it. The minister has previously spoken about encroachments on railways land in various other cities too. The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Saturday ordered authorities to take steps to immediately revive the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project and clear all encroachments on Railways land in the metropolis.
The court ordered authorities to clear all railways tracks in the metropolis and encroachments on land owned by Pakistan Railways with the help of the deputy commissioner. The minister also announced slashing of fares by half for students between December 25 and January 10. In addition, he said platforms and toilets at railway stations would soon be made disabled-friendly.