As a metropolitan city alongwith social, economic and
industrial hub of Pakistan, Karachi continues to attain the height where
it has come at par with other mega cosmopolitan societies and has
reached the level where it is about to join the club of the emerging
modern cities around the globe.
Karachi which is known as mini-Pakistan has started
giving an absolutely different look with the fast emerging high rises,
wide and clean roads, attractive traffic intersections, over-head
bridges and flyovers. In fact the entire city is virtually being rebuilt
on the modern lines.
A preliminary look at the ongoing projects gives a
feeling to the onlookers that Karachi will have the most attractive
infrastructure in conformity to the other modern and industrial cities
of the world within next two years, which would induce a home-like
comforts to the foreign investors besides giving a sense of pride to the
The year 2003 and 2004 can be described as a historic
chapter in Karachi's history during which over 156 huge projects of
economic significance including Mass Transit Program, flyovers, bridges,
elevated and underpass roads, water supply schemes, sewerage system,
bypass and highways were launched.
"President General Pervez Musharraf is taking
his personal interest in the development projects of Karachi," said
Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, EDO City District Government Karachi, (CDGK)
while talking to PAGE.
He said that one can foresee the future of Karachi in
the shadows of the coming events. These worthwhile efforts for
rebuilding infrastructure for the neglected Karachi also comprised of
more than 24 small and medium dams being developed in the suburbs of
Karachi with the financial and technical assistance of the World Bank
(WB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
"No stone was left unturned to make the dream of
a modern Karachi into a reality. Apart from WB, ADB, the multi-national
companies doing business in Karachi were also approached to assist the
city government in carrying out Ta'ameer-e-Karachi Program, Annual
Development Plan and Drought Emergency Relief Assistance Program (DERAP)
successfully. The government entities which are spending billions of
rupees and extending assistance of their professional skill to
accomplish the task are including Pakistan Steel Mills (PASMIC), Port
Qasim Authority (PQA), Export Promotion Zone Authority (EPZA), Pakistan
International Airlines, (PIA), National Logistic Cell (NLC), Military
Land and Cantonment Boards (MLCB), Sindh Industrial Trade Estate (SITE),
Pakistan Railway (PR), Karachi Port Trust (KPT), Defense Housing
Authority (DHA), State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Muslim Commercial Bank, (MCB),
Ministry of Works, Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) and National Highway
On top of that, the CDGK has first time in the
history of Karachi, awarded a Master Plan of Karachi project to a world
class consultants group.
The master plan will meet all the requirements of
growing population till 2030. For this purpose, the CDGK has established
a separate department which is operating in close association of the
highly professional consultants. Among these pre-qualified consultants
27 are of world repute, 44 "A" category contractors qualified
for the projects.
Following are the ongoing projects under Ta'ameer-e-Karachi
Program which would give new blood to the Karachi's infrastructure. FTC
flyover at Shahra-e-Faisal is being constructed with the cost of Rs.
109.41 million and 94% work has been completed. Another flyover being
constructed at the Shahra-e-Faisal to Shahra-e-Quaideen with the cost of
Rs. 109.67 million and 52% work has been completed. Tenders have been
invited for the construction of a biggest ever flyover at Sohrab Goth
with the cost of Rs. 413.24 million. Moreover tenders for PIDC Bridge
have been opened and are under scrutiny for the widening of the bridge.
Tenders have been invited for FTC underpass. Hawksbay Road from Grex
village to Nazim Office Gubaput is being constructed and widened with
the cost of Rs. 21.26 million. Within a week or so tenders would be
awarded for Karsaz flyover at the main Shahra-e-Faisal. Mauripur Road,
Allama Rashid, Turabi Road, Nazimabad Road from Dawood Chowrangi to
Gulberg Chowrangi, Malir and Landhi are also being constructed with the
cost of Rs. 48.00 million. Shahra-e-Orangi which connects the larges
residential township of the Asia to the center of city is also being
constructed with the cost of Rs. 173.00 million Nishtar, "Road
5000" in Surjani Town, Jahangir Road, Siddique Wahab Road, Rashid
Minhas Road, Korangi Road are being constructed and improved within the
city with the cost of Rs. 960.060 million.
One of the most important flyover connecting the hub
of business center I. I. Chundrigar Road to Molvi Tameezuddin Khan Road
PIDC is also underway. Whereas a projet of a signal free flyover from
Metropole intersection to FTC flyover has been awarded to the AA
Associate for designing.
Designing process is now on final touches of
overpass/underpass PIDC intersection on Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed Road. There
are 19 other flyovers in Malir, Orangi Township, Mahmoodabad, Chanesar
There are 723 more schemes from 18 Union councils of
roads, water management, sewerage and treatment plants. These projects
will cost Rs. 10710.080 million.
SITE union council has proposed 46 projects, Shah
Faisal town has 19, Saddar Town 21, Orangi Town 24, North Nazimabad 28,
Malir 24, North Karachi 61, Lyari 89, Liaquatabad 16, Landhi 89, Korangi
61, Keamari 85, Jamshed Town 31, Gulberg 33, Gadap 7, Bin Qasim 18 and
Baldia Township 62.