planned light rail
In 1977, Karachi's plans for a metro were
scrapped when the supporting Bhuto government fell. Since then, several rail
mass transit plans have come and gone.
Construction was due to begin
in August 2001 of the first 13.7 km, 14 station Karachi light rail line, with completion
estimated in 2004. The project was scheduled to proceed in 1998
when various nations, including Japan and Canada, who were directly involved
with the project, ceased financial dealings with Pakistan when they tested a
nuclear device. In November 2001, the project was revived.
lawsuit has been proposed
against the Pakistani government by the contracting transit operating authority,
citing mismanagement and favouritism.
There is also talk of reconstructing or
the recently closed Karachi
Circular Railway to LRT standards. The Circular Railway, an old tram line,
closed in 2000, was
circular. And in 2004, plans for a
17 km monorail
and a tramway
that would be completed in 1 year.
Mass Transit in Karachi
Hassan bin Hassan's
Karachi Mass Transit Program
description of project from Toronto
International Trade Corporation
transport in bad shape
Good commentary on Karachi's
2003 transit direction