Assignment Name:
Re-validation of the Special Assistance for Project Formation (SAPROF) Study for Revival of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR)


Location within Country:


Name of Client:

Karachi Urban Transport Corporation (KUTC)

Completion Date:

March 2010

Name of Associated Consultants, if any:


Narrative Description of Project:

JICA prepared detailed feasibility study for revival of Karachi circular Railway (KCR) Project. The detailed feasibility study was named ‘Special Assistance for Project Formulation (SAPROF)’. The SAPROF study lead to a loan of USD 1,600 million. The ‘Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC)’ approved the project with a condition for 3rd party validation of SAPROF report. This project involved validation of all technical, social, financial & legal aspects of the project.

Description of Actual Services Provided by Our Staff within the Assignment:

Exponent Enigineers scope included reviewing & validating all technical, social, financial & legal aspects of the project, the following aspects were reviewed:

Technical aspects
  1. Operations Aspects
    1. Passenger Demand Estimation
    2. Operations Plan (Fleet Size & Frequency)
    3. Rolling Stock Specifications
    4. Assessment of Revenues (Fare & Non-Fare Sources)
    5. O&M Costs
    6. Demand enhancement measures through integration with other modes.
  2. Design Aspects
    1. Track Design
    2. Assessment of Gauge & traction
    3. Power & Power Distribution
    4. Design of Structures including elevated portions, road underpasses, stations, etc.)
    5. Location & Design of Stations
    6. Design of Termini / Depot / Other Facilities
    7. Specifications, BOQs & Cost Estimates
  3. Environmental & Social Aspects
    1. Environmental & Social Aspects
    2. Resettlement of ‘Project Affected Persons’ (PAPs).
  4. ITS & Systems Design
    1. Electronic Ticketing System
    2. Signaling & Collision Prevision System
    3. Information & Address Systems
    4. Central Control Centre Design
    5. Design of Data Center & Disaster Recovery Operation
    6. Specifications, BOQs & Cost Estimates
  5. Financial Aspects
    1. Capital Costs
    2. O&M Costs
    3. Revenue Sources & their estimates
    4. Financial Modelling
    5. Economic Analysis
  6. Legal & Institutional Aspects
    1. Loan Agreement with JICA
    2. Intuitional Structuring & Staffing of Karachi Urban Transport Corporation (KUTC)
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