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Old February 4th, 2005, 02:38 PM   #1
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Karachi: Progress News & Updates (PART V)

The Galleria ... What appears to be the first proper shopping mall ... built along the lines of the large ones you see in Dubai and the West. Thanks to Pakistanhomepage for these pictures.









The rendering arent the greatest but it gives an idea of what it will look like.
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Is there a website for this? From what I see, this looks pretty good. I'm glad... we need more of these types of malls... not all these low-rise plazas that keep popping up... most of em are ugly anyway.
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Is there a website for this? From what I see, this looks pretty good. I'm glad... we need more of these types of malls... not all these low-rise plazas that keep popping up... most of em are ugly anyway.
dude the thing i dont like about the smaller plazas is the way they are like kinda open from the lower floors with these stairs going in. I dont know they just look really messy and unprofessional from the lower floors. Well lets see how they pan out.
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KARACHI, March 25: Work on the installation of two desalination plants, with a production capacity of 25 million gallons each per day, would begin within the next six months.

The plants are to be installed in the city's coastal areas at an estimated cost of $360 million.

An American firm has undertaken the installation of the two plants on a 'build, own and operate' (BOO) basis. One of them is to be established at Korangi Creek and the other at Port Qasim. They would be made operational in 2007 and the water produced at the plants would cost the government Rs120 for 1,000 gallons.

An initial agreement to this effect was scheduled to be signed between the city government/KWSB and the US-based California Enviro-Management, Inc. at a ceremony here on Friday. However, the ceremony could not take place owing to some pre-occupation of the US Consul-General, Douglas C. Rohn. It would now be held in a few days.

While City Nazim Niamatullah Khan was to grace the occasion, the agreement was to be signed by the KWSB MD Brig Iftikhar Haider. On behalf of the US firm, its president, Sami Khan, was to sign the deal.

Highlighting the salient features of the seawater desalination plants, Mr Sami Khan told Dawn that a study pertaining to the installation of the two plants had undertaken on the initiative of the former ambassador to Pakistan, Ms Nancy Powell. He stated that the plants would have their own power generating units of 20 MW each to ensure an uninterrupted power supply to the facilities.

Mr Khan said that the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), which provide interest-free loans for welfare-oriented projects, had extended a loan of $287,000 (80 per cent of the cost of the study) to the California Enviro-Management Inc.

The remaining 20 per cent cost had been borne by the firm itself, he added. The firm is supposed to repay the loan shortly after the commencement of the installation work.

He said that initially, a quantity of 50 mgd desalinated water would be supplied to the KWSB. However, he added, the firm would later on be allowed to sell water directly to households as well as the KWSB-approved commercial and industrial consumers. The water produced at the desalination plants would strictly be of the standards set by the World Health Organisation for potable water.

Both the plants would be retained by the US firm for 25 years after which they would be handed over to the KWSB/ CDGK, he said, adding that the KWSB/CDGK could own the plants any time during the 25-year lease period on payment of the cost to be decided by the firm.

Under the proposed agreement, both the sides have agreed that extraordinary cost vis-a-vis operation and maintenance (O&M), specifically defined through the relevant clauses of the agreement, would be shared equally by the two parties.

Mr Khan, whose firm has also undertaken installation and operating of a desalination plant at Gwadar, appreciated the city nazim and the KWSB MD for their insistence on ensuring the provision of water to consumers at an affordable rate and for agreeing on a minimum of 25-year lease of the plants to the water developer.
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Agreement signed for two seawater desalination plants



KARACHI: A preliminary agreement for the installation of two seawater desalination plants of 50 Mgd was with estimated cost of $ 340 million, signed here Monday.
The agreement was signed by City Nazim Karachi Naimatullah Khan and California-Environment Management Inc. USA.

The ceremony was witnessed by US Consul General at Karachi, Douglas C.
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City Nazim said the US company can run these plant for 25 years. The project will be completed till 2005.
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Old March 31st, 2005, 02:42 PM   #8
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Dubai builders to invest $1.8bn in housing

Dubai builders to invest $1.8bn in housing


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KARACHI, March 28: Two Dubai based real estate developers are going to invest up to $1.8 billion during next five to six years in the development and housing schemes of the Defence Housing Authority, Islamabad.

Similarly, a Malaysian consultancy firm have taken up different development jobs and is presently building family club at an estimated cost of Rs1.13 billion. US based Pakistani doctors are investing $15 million in a hospital to provide the state of the art medical and surgical facilities in the DHAI.

This was stated by Brigadier (Rtd) Zahid Waheed Butt administrator DHAI at a news briefing held on Monday in a local hotel. The DHAI has put up big stall at the International Trade and Industries Fair at Export Centre.

Giving the name of one of the developments the DHAI administrator said that the other who has already singed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has requested not to disclose the name prematurely.

He said that Al-Ghurair Giga which is one of the biggest real estate developers in the world has entered into an agreement with the authority to develop high rise apartments at a cost of Rs44 billion ($800 million).

He said the Al-Ghurair group would start the construction work on these high rise luxury and semi-luxury apartments from May or June this year and each block would have 20 to 30 floors. The group has taken 40 acres from the DHAI and in many projects there is partnership and some are going to be solely developed by the group.

The other developer who has requested to keep the name undisclosed and has already signed MoU is going to invest $1 billion during next five to six years in the developing housing scheme and commercial areas in different phases of the DHAI. The group is going to acquire 2500 acres of land along the G T Road and develop a huge commercial area as well.

However, he said both the developers have already committed the investment amount and in coming month DHAI will finalize the agreement with the other group who is presently reluctant to disclose the name.

Mr Butt said that the name of G T Road at a portion where the group is going to develop large commercial area at a cost of Rs2.5 billion will be changed to Shah-e-Al-Nahayyan. They will also construct houses and dispose them of to sellers which will need around Rs40 billion.

The DHAI chief said that the Malaysian consultancy firm which is already working on family club having a cost of Rs1.13 billion will also develop utility areas such as schools, mosques, market places and play ground. He said that the company will also enter into mortgage business for housing schemes.

Responding to a question, he said that after becoming an autonomous body on being declared as authority by the government not only the development work will become faster but also its members will get their papers processed at speedy pace.

In the mast Brig ® Zahid Waheed Butt said our members have to deal with two entities that is Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Rawalpindi Development Authority. However, after being declared as authority, he said now the DHAI falls under the preview of CDA and all documents will be processed by them.

He said that on May 10, the authority will invite applications for allotment of plot in its Phase II extension and by the end of the month balloting will be done. Mr Butt said that 12 categories of applicants are eligible for participating in balloting, including senior citizen, retired army officers, government and semi-government officials and professionals, like doctors, lawyers.

He further said that plot which is presently being sold at Rs4 million in the open market will be given through balloting at Rs1 million which will include Rs500,000 cost of land and Rs500,000 for development work which could be paid in six equal instalments.

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Karachi: Progress News & Updates (PART IV)

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Looks like their building that on the beach!
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Karachi: Progress News & Updates (PART IV)

Karachi: The plans to open a cultural village in Pakistan are underway. The Governor of Sindh Ishrat ul Ibad is meeting representatives from the Arts Council, the Aiwan-e-Riffat Building and Napa to decide on how to go about making the first cultural street in Pakistan. The News learned that President Musharraf himself directed the governor and minister of Sindh to look into the possibility of turning the M.R. Kiyani road into a cultural street.

The first time the idea was mentioned was at the inauguration of Napa in February, where Napa Chairman, Zia Mohyeddin made special reference to Attiya Fyzee’s Aiwan-e-Riffat Building that she had wanted to turn into a cultural complex and requested that the whole road be converted into ‘Pakistan’s first cultural village’. On that occasion, President Musharraf spoke at length about the importance of art and culture to a civilized society and regretted the way the arts had been phased out by previous governments. He then went on to announce donations and appealed to the corporate sector to support the arts and Pakistan. He said nothing about the possibility of cultural village that is suddenly now cropping up regularly in the news.

At a meeting with the President earlier this month in Islamabad it was a pleasant surprise to see how proactive he was about promoting Pakistani culture through setting up institutes like Napa and strengthening the ones that already exist. When I asked him about Zia Mohyeddin’s request for setting up a cultural village on M.R. Kiyani Road, he said: "I have spoken to the governor and chief minister to look into blocking the street and turning it into an art street. They should put up a cobbled pavement there and allow people to paint and sing out in the open." The President had fond memories of visiting such a street in Boston when he went to visit his son there. "It would be very nice to have such a street where people can go and relax. The street would be a new introduction in Karachi. It would add to the city, be a tourist attraction and most importantly boost the morale of the artists themselves."

President Musharraf has used the muscle, which is his prerogative, to push for a revival of the arts. During his tenure, projects like the Lok Virsa Museum in Islamabad have been implemented. He is also passionate about renovating Pakistan’s heritage sites to glory. Such tremendous interest in what is generally the periphery for the leader of a nation is indeed commendable in a head of state, especially in the ideologically fractured country where the concept of women running a race or holding a mela continues to find opposition from the religious right.

A cultural village would be an oasis in the concrete jungle that is Karachi. This city has its lion’s share of business, but falls far short on the cultural graph. It is this gap that the policies of the current administration will help bridge, if they keep going at a steady pace. The danger is that in Karachi such efforts, more often than not, remain a mirage.

The idea of the ‘cultural village’ has been tossed around before. According to renowned community town planner and Karachi expert, Arif Hasan, the first time he came across the very same idea was as early as 1987 when the students of architecture and planning at the Dawood College had done a thesis that overcame a much bigger on turning the M.R. Kiyani Road and the surrounding areas into a cultural zone. They reckoned that along with Jinnah Courts, the Arts Council, Burns Garden, Hindu Gymkhana (now Napa) YMCA, Press Club and the Victoria Albert Museum that is now the Supreme Court, the area has so many cultural, historical and literary buildings that turning it into a diplomatic enclave would be justified. According to Arif Hasan government officials were often invited to sit on the jury by the college, but they never came. None of the many projects students came up with were ever implemented.

The idea of the cultural village is not a new brain wave. It has been dreamt up before by artists, creators and students but their voices in the past addressed a void. Indeed, there are to date many institutes teaching arts and architecture in Karachi and all over Pakistan that are full of young students brimming over with bright ideas. In an ideal world, the ideas that come from the people like them should be picked up and facilitated by the government. The cultural landscape of a country should not depend upon a head of state’s personal interest in the arts; though it has to be said that in our dire straits, that definitely helps.

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Cultural walkabout

Plans to set up a cultural village around the Arts Council may introduce order and bring much-needed attention to the arts in the city

By Rubina Jabbar

One may come a cross a number of multi-storey shopping plazas and eateries around town, but hardly a corner reserved for artists, painters, singers, musicians, poets, sculptors and craftspeople, to serve as a meeting spot and entertainment facility in a city of about 15 million people.

However, the proposed project of "Coocha-e-Saqafat" - a cultural village in the area around the Arts Council of Pakistan offers hope for the change in the status quo.

Earlier this month, the Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad approved the project idea and issued directives for developing the area as a cultural village.

The chairman of "Coocha-e-Saqafat" Committee of the Arts Council, Saifur Rehman Grami, who had made the presentation on the proposed project before the Governor firmly believes that the area on and around M. R. Kiyani Road, which lies in the heart of the city, can easily be redesigned as a cultural precinct or "Coocha-e-Saqafat" after minor modifications.

According to Grami, the idea of a "Coocha-e-Saqafat" took shape in 1991 when the former Mayor of Karachi Dr Farooq Sattar had the concrete boundary wall of Burns Garden pulled down and had it replaced with an iron grill.

Evidences like the design or architecture of old buildings and structures and the surroundings suggest that the planners had something close to the idea of a 'cultural village' on their mind when they originally planned this area.

Buildings which lend support to this view include the Supreme Court Building, which was originally the Albert Victoria Museum, Hindu Gymkhana, the National Museum of Pakistan, Burns Garden, Aiwan-e-Riffat (Faizee Rahmain Art Gallery) and the Arts Council of Pakistan.

Across the road from the Arts Council lies the Aligarh Old Boys Association; Hindu Gymkhana which now houses the National Academy of Performing Arts (the pavilion of Hindu Gymkhana, however, has been encroached upon by the police who employ it as a housing facility); Muslim Gymkhana; and then comes Shaheen Complex, which is perhaps the only odd building in this vicinity. However, hardly anything could be done about it.

From the (Shaheen Complex) roundabout, a drive down the I.I. Chundrigarh Road takes one to the offices of 87 newspapers and 26 magazines, while on either sides of Dr Ziauddin Ahmed Road one passes through Bagh-e-Jinnah (old Polo Ground), the five star hotels and the historical building of Jinnah Courts which was originally set up as a hostel for the students but presently serves as the Rangers' Headquarters.

The historical importance of the Governor's House running along the Aiwan-e-Sadar Road can hardly be ignored.

Across the road from the Karachi Gymkhana lie two magnificent bungalows which now house the District Coordination Officer (DCO) and the Chief Secretary.

A drive from the Arts Council roundabout down the Maulana Deen Muhammad Wafai Road takes one to the Boy Scouts Association next to the YMCA ground; the Free Mason Lodge which now houses the Sindh Wildlife Department, and adjacent to it stands the prestigious research facility of the Pakistan Institute of International Affairs (PIIA).

A short walk away from the Arts Council Square, one is greeted by the building of the Karachi Press Club.

"It seems as if the planners had something like this on their mind when they originally planned this area", Grami opined adding that all these buildings and facilities lend support to the setting up of a 'Coocha-e-Saqafat.'

However, these buildings and facilities involve different stakeholders. For example, the Federal Government owns the National Museum of Pakistan; Aiwan-e-Riffat falls under the jurisdiction of the City District Government Karachi and the Arts Council is a non-governmental organization (NGO).

These properties will continue to rest with the current owners, however, it has been proposed that the government constitute a powerful high level committee which should involve at least one project of each building of every stake holder to the proposed plan.

Grami made it clear that the project is very much on paper at the moment, and it will be starting with the holding of a Book Bazaar to be followed by an exhibition of paintings by various artists which would also be on display for sale at M.R. Kiyani Road, the main thoroughfare of the village by the end of this month.

A high-powered committee made up of representatives of each stakeholder and headed by the Sindh Government will be constituted to carry out the project.

The stakeholders will also be asked to upgrade their facilities using their own resources or through sponsorship and donations.

This committee will decide a calendar of events at the start of the year. It will also compile a schedule of programs which will include drama, theatre events, musical evenings, mushairas, exhibitions, art works, crafts etc.

The schedule of programs would be made available at airport, railway station and five star hotels so that visitors could decide which program they wished to attend to freshen up in the evening after a day's work.

Activities will be planned in a way that the dates of any two events will not clash. For example, if Muslim Gymkhana was holding a Mushaira, Arts Council or Aiwan-e-Riffat would be staging a drama.

In the evening, the M.R. Kiyani Road and its adjoining streets will be made free of traffic and in other words the area may be declared a pedestrian street from evening to midnight.

About the funds or infrastructure, Grami believes, there is not much money involved. For example, he says what a painter or artist requires is some iron angle and cloth for a roofing against the sun.

However, Grami is of the view that as far as book bazaar is concerned, the bookwalas will have to spend some money on transportation and other things.

It has been, therefore, proposed that they will be invited to set up the first bazaar free of cost. The second time, the government will bear 75 per cent expenses and the third time each party would bear the 50 per cent cost.

"That will be the soft opening. We will start the book bazaar and painting work hopefully by the end of this month," he said.

The proposed project has attracted wide support.

"I am very happy," responds Durraiya Kazi, Chairperson, Visual Studies, University of Karachi. She is of the opinion that this activity will give the city a sort of cultural confidence and provide livelihood to craftspeople as well.

"Ours is perhaps the only society where arts and crafts still remain as parts of our daily lives. People visit Multan for two things: buying handicrafts or for visiting mazaras," Durraiya Kazi pointed out. Craftspeople from the rural area of Sindh desperately keep searching for a place to trade/exhibit their work. A central place is required to showcase our local culture. Crafts bazaars held at the YMCA and the Japanese Consulate attract a large number of visitors. "Where would our craftsmen go when corporate culture is going to take us over?" she asks and adds that they would get lost into the corporate culture unless they were provided with such facility.

Presenting the example of Morocco she said, they have a large area designated outside each city for craftspeople to set up bazaars and market their work to attract tourists. She said Morocco earns 70 per cent of its revenue from the sale of handicrafts.

Nida Ali, a local poetess, presenting the example of Mumbai suggests that such villages be set up by the seaside as well to attract tourists.

"There hardly exist any sites to attract tourists when they visit Karachi. In Mumbai, they have such villages or 'dhabas' set up at the beach showcasing earthenware and other crafts," Nida said.

Tania Nasir, a young interior designer, however, suggests that the Pakistan Chowk area, conspicuous for old buildings, should be declared as part of our national heritage and be included in the proposed project.

Shamim Alam, Executive Director, the Arts Council of Pakistan is of the view that the proposed place will certainly serve as a great learning opportunity and get us familiar with our own culture and its value. Since the city has been struggling with an image problem, it needs such a place for the people to visit with their family and their guests.

" On one hand, the Food Street would be offering the culinary taste of the four provinces. On the other, artists and painters engrossed in their work and different activities would be going on at one place simultaneously. It would certainly provide entertainment and cultural learning to the visitors," Shamim visualises.

According to Shamim, subways and overhead bridges are also the part of the project for the smooth passage of pedestrians.

Shamim dispelled apprehensions regarding snags the project might face in view of the political and ideological differences between the City and the Provincial Governments. Notwithstanding the sea of differences between the Governor and the City Nazim, they agree at one point and that is, the welfare and development of the city, Shamim maintained.

Culture is the way of life of a people. A society speaks out through its culture. It is a by-product of the relations between people. Culture gives expression to the social thought, beliefs and values of human beings. A society which has no culture would be composed of expressionless persons.

Cultural tools, like songs, dances, drama, have been utilised as coping mechanisms to prevent total social disintegration. According to Prof Sahar Ansari, who is also a member of the Arts Council governing body, culture is a combination of all the human activities including literature, religion, entertainment, etc.

"Since the Arts Council is a centre of art, literature music and painting, it is quite apt that a cultural village be situated in its vicinity," said Prof Sahar Ansari.

Zia Mohiyeuddin, the head of the newly-established National Academy of Performing Arts, speaking at the oath-taking ceremony of the Arts Council in January this year, also underlined the need for declaring the locality around the Arts Council a cultural precinct. He said, "If this locality is declared a cultural precinct - where rickshaws and other vehicles may not enter - then artistic and cultural activity could take place here unhindered."

He, however, expressed apprehension about the roadside dentists and barbers who might encroach upon the space earmarked for artists.

But who will execute the project, city government or the provincial government?

"Still it's not decided," said Grami who is also the District Officer (DO) Community Development.

Keeping in view the law and order, political instability and the writ of the religious 'right' who adhere to a different ideology when it comes to the definition of art and culture, critics raise questions about the viability of the proposed project.

Do we have a mindset for this when we seem least concerned about our culture heritage like Moen jo daro, one of the oldest civilizations of the world? They questione.

When a major portion of population is living in poverty, there is no point in spending billions of rupees in such endeavours that are destined to flop, some critics claim.

However, those who are sincere with the proposed project need to exercise extreme caution until things materialise and the goal is achieved.









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Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) has inked an agreement with DHA Cogan Limited here for the supply of 17.5 MMCFD (million cubic feet per day) natural gas to DHA.

The agreement envisages supply of gas by SSGC to DHA Cogan Limited for fueling DCL Power Plant and desalination water plant for next thirty years.

This power plant has the capacity of generating 94-Megawatt electricity, while the desalination plant bears the capacity of producing potable water 0.3 million gallons per day.
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I have been hearing about this forver.. When is it getting started? Is it going to be connected to the poorer areas of Karachi that need this water? And how much will this be relied on? Will this come any where close to equaling the amount of water that the river provides?
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DHA deaslination project will be finished by the end of this year......They would be made operational in 2007 and the water produced at the plants would cost the government Rs120 for 1,000 gallons.
Initially this project is only for Defence housing authority
Two more deaslination plants are also planned one for Karachi and one for Gwadar
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KARACHI, June 9: The city government has decided to construct a multi-storied complex to house a model mosque, a hostel on the pattern of a five-star hotel, an auditorium and a parking lot, at two huge plots adjacent to Civic Centre. Foundation-stone of the project which is estimated to cost Rs 880 million is expected to be laid by the City Nazim, Niamatullah Khan, in the current month and it is scheduled to be completed in three years.

All these three projects would be constructed on two plots: ST 2 and 3 (15-A and 15-B) which are nowadays being utilized as a parking lot.

It was decided at a high-level meeting held at the Civic Centre on Tuesday night with the City Nazim, Niamatullah Khan, in the chair. Gulshan Town’s Nazim, Abdul Wahab, city government’s EDO Sarfraz Ali Shah, EDO Manzoor Ahmed, Karachi Mass Transit Cell’s director-general, Malik Zaheeru-ul-Isam, Nazim’s coordinators Ansar Razi and Abdid Ilyas and othe senior officials of the CDGK were present.

The meeting was told that the multi-storied complex will have a model mosque, a five-star hostel for foreign delegates and an auditorium, besides providing parking space for 1,300 cars.

The meeting was told that with a view to providing accommodation to the foreign delegates, construction of a hostel on the pattern of five-star hotel in the vicinity of the Civic Centre has become a necessity.

The proposed model mosque, to be built in the complex, will be accommodating around 6000 faithful at a time while its basement, having a capacity of 3000, will be used as women prayer area.

About the proposed auditorium, it was told that it will have a seating capacity of over 5,000 people. The basement and ground floor of the auditorium will be reserved for car parking purpose where around 1,300 cars could be parked at one time.

The sources said that it will also have a library, a convention centre, a reading room, a Talim-i-Balighan centre, a language centre, a cafeteria and a separate enclosure for women.

Asked if the PC-One of the proposed multi-storied complex has been prepared, the sources in the CDGK said that it was nowadays being given final shape.

Source Dawn Daily English Newspaper Friday, June 10 2005 issue.
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Old June 22nd, 2005, 01:56 AM   #17
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I guess most of you havent recognised it. There is already a mosque (or mosque look-a-like) on the right side of the building complex. I can see a white small minaret. So there is gonna be a new mosque built right in front an old mosque.
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yah..........but they will build another mosque here in the same area.
In Karachi it is so common
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Master plan for highrises

The KBCA has set up a committee to prepare a master plan for high-rise buildings with 20 and more storeys to be allowed or constructed all along the coastal line of Clifton, Chief Controller of Buildings, Brig (Retd) A S Nasir told a news conference on Tuesday.

He said with a view to allowing construction of above 20 storied buildings in the coastal areas of Clifton, floor area ratio which, at present, is 1:5 was being increased to 1:9 and for which a summary had already been moved to the Sindh government and the chief minister’s advisor on local government, Wasim Akhtar, is likely to issue a notification in this regard.

Speaking about the proposed high rise buildings to be allowed in the coastal area of Clifton, Brig Nasir said since the coastal area has no water, its infrastructure is missing and is without adequate services, builders consortium would be required to install desalination and sewage treatment plants and generators in each block.

About his plan four model towns proposed to be established on either side, he said a 46 kilometre long road which will be generally below Northern Bypass (starting from Hub River Road) and in the North up to Northern limits of Sindh/Dadu, and it would be provided with high standard infrastructure, most modern facilities and a number of recreational spots, etc.

Elaborating, he said the proposed towns which have initially been named as China Town, Makhtoum Town, Faisal Town and Mahatir Town will have an international airport, a diplomatic enclave, lake and dam on Hub river, national safari park, service and administration area, civic centre for administration and project office, police headquarters, an educational complex, a five-star hotel, jurist enclave, journalist colony, middle-income group apartments, international trade banking, Expo complex, Olympics and sports complex, industrial area, low-cost workers scheme, TV and Communication Centre, Institute of arts and crafts exhibition hall, central bus stand, bus terminals, fruit and vegetables and grain market and storage, national mosque and graveyards.

He said that around 100,000 families could reside there in the most enviable environment to be provided in the towns.

He said that besides the proposed model towns, the KBCA has also proposed setting up of textile city and cottage industries under Malir and Lyari development projects, saying that the proposed textile city would attract foreign investment.

Referring to the KBCA’s plan of organising a three-day international housing industry exhibition (from July 29 to 31) at Expo Centre, Brig Nasir said that he has requested prime minister, Shaukat Aziz, to inaugurate the same.

NORTHERN BYPASS PROJECT
URC has been advocating for the implementation of Northern bypass project, which provides an exclusive access to heavy vehicles to Karachi port and reduce traffic congestions on city roads.

As the project will open new avenues of the development for the city therefore a master plan should be prepared for the utilization of the land along the bypass.

Shifting of all port related activities such as goodowns, Dan Mandi (Rice Market) Chemical Market, Timber market, and Metal Market from old city area to the proposed bypass.
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KARACHI: Work on flyover, complex starts

KARACHI, June 21: The City Nazim, Niamatullah Khan, on Tuesday laid foundation stones for two ambitious development projects, the Hassan Square flyover and a multi-storeyed complex, to be built at estimated costs of Rs700 million and Rs880 million respectively. Unfolding details of both the projects at a ceremony held at the Civic Centre, he said the flyover would be constructed at the intersection of the Sir Shah Suleman and main University roads in two phases.

The initial tenders for its phase-I construction, costing Rs175 million were opened recently and it would be completed in 12 months.

The nazim said that under its phase-I construction, a two-plus-two lane flyover would be built on Sir Shah Suleman Road while another two-plus-two lane flyover would be constructed on the main University Road in the second phase.

The length of the flyover would be 130 metres while its approaches would be spread over 500 metres, he said, adding that the flyover would have two-lane underpasses for two right turnings i.e. from Sir Shah Suleman Road to the University Road.

About the multi-storeyed complex being built adjacent to the Civic Centre, Mr Niamat said, it would house a model mosque, an auditorium, a hostel on the pattern of a five-star hotel for foreign delegates, and a parking lot with space for 1,370 vehicles.

The project would be completed in three years, he said. The model mosque in the complex would accommodate about 6,500 faithful at one time while its basement, with a capacity of 3,000, would be used by women for prayers.

About the proposed auditorium, it was told that it would have a seating capacity of over 5,000 people while its basement and ground floor would be reserved for car parking purpose. Over 1,300 cars would be able to park at one time.

He said the proposed auditorium would also have a library, a convention centre, a reading room, a taleem-i-balighan centre, a language centre, a cafeteria, and a separate lounge, exclusively for women.
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