KARACHI - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the Sindh government is putting in its efforts to transform Karachi into a more liveable, green & resilient metropolitan city by formulating and following a well thought out Karachi Transformation Strategy (KTS) with the objective to improve physical and socio- economic infrastructure and services delivery in water supply & sanitation, transportation, urban spaces, and institutional strengthening and transformation.

This he said while addressing the launching ceremony of “Educational and Cultural Zone-Saddar area under World Bank assisted Karachi Neighbourhood Improvement Project” here at Burns Garden on Monday.

He said that the World Bank has engaged itself in Karachi Transformation Strategy (KTS) to support Sindh government vision and has carried out a comprehensive Karachi City Diagnostic (KCD) programme.

“The KCD is an unprecedented endeavour to collect comprehensive data on the city’s economy, liveability, and key urban infrastructure; providing an overview of the challenges and opportunities facing the Karachi Metropolitan Region and estimates investment levels needed to bridge the infrastructure gap and improve the metropolitan region’s economic potential,” he added.

In light of the depth and scale of the city’s challenges in term of policy reforms, institutional governance, and infrastructure needs, the provincial government and the World Bank have agreed upon to launch a dual-track approach. Under the first track, the Bank is supporting a ‘quick wins’ operation under Karachi Neighbourhood Improvement Project — KNIP focusing on ‘fast, low cost & high impact’ interventions to respond to emergent city needs. From this start, the engagement would be a transition to the deeper institutional reforms and major investment needs identified under the KCD.

These reforms would focus on priority areas such as building a competitive business environment, improving city governance and municipal service delivery, and increasing access to water supply and sanitation for implementation of major KTS initiatives to transform the city KNIP to improve the safety, accessibility, and attractiveness of public spaces in Karachi, such as streets, parks, city squares and pedestrian areas. It also aims at ensuring equal access to all including Women, youth and the poor.

The project once completed will also make it easier for the public and investors to access services such as construction work and business registrations.

The cost of the project is $ 98 million in which the World Bank share is $ 86 million while the provincial government would share $ 12 million. The project involves Public Spaces and Mobility Improvements in selected three targeted neighbourhoods. They include Saddar Downtown Area Revitalization, Malir area road and public spaces enhancement, Korangi neighborhood mobility improvements.

Saddar has a high concentration of civic, education, cultural and commercial uses, and a large number of daily visitors and passersby. The subprojects include upgrading of roads and streets, sidewalks, and pedestrian crossings within existing rights-of-way (ROW); upgrading existing open spaces, installing shade features, and removing barriers for visitors; reorganizing traf?c patterns and closing certain street segments (temporarily or permanently); installing signs, street furniture, lighting, and bus stop shelters; organizing parking and installing safety barriers to reduce vehicular encroachment on sidewalks and enhance safety; and rehabilitating infrastructure and storm water drainage beneath roads upgraded by the project.

Education and Cultural Zone

It forms a triangle including DrZiauddin Road from Shaheen Complex to Pakistan Chowk, Deen Muhammad Wafai Road from Arts Council to Pakistan Chowk, and MR Kyani Road from Shaheen Complex to Fawara Chowk/Arts Council Chowk. The Shahra-e-Kamal Atta Turk from Sindh Secretariat gate to DJ Science College.

Following specific interventions are part of the first phase, year one of the project. The second level include underground car parking facility with public space such as food centres at Shahra-e-Kamal Atta Turk. The underground car parking of 10000 square meter each to accommodate 400 cars and 600 bikes to be developed on international standards. This intervention will greatly alleviate the congestion caused by the haphazard street parking as it caters for existing and projected demand of parking for Sindh Secretariat, educational institutes, Museum, neighbourhood and commercial areas Shaheen Complex Inter-section/Arts Council Junction and Pakistan Chowk Junctions.

These junctions are designed in a manner that ensures public safety thereby improving the traffic flow. Mid-blocks/Islands would be provided for convenience of traffic and pedestrians. The junctions are provided with guard rails at edges to prevent the pedestrians from intervening into the roads. Each crosswalk is provided with pelican crossing for additional safety for the pedestrians. The use of tactile flooring is made to facilitate the disabled.

The spaces in the Arts Council Complex are designed to improve its connection with in the complex. The Public Space will cater for the infrastructure needs of the complex, with introduction of landscape features, seating arrangement etc.

The cost of the project is Rs1.44 billion to carry out works in the Educational and Cultural Zone has been done in the end of February 2018. These works are planned to be completed in 10 months. 

In the second phase Food & Recreational Zone, and Administrative Zone would be established in different areas of Saddar.

Malir Area Road and Public

Spaces Enhancement

The KNIP project in Malir involves rehabilitation and improvement of Khokhrapar Road from Saudabad to Thado Nallah”. The three-kilometre road is a three- Lanes on both sides with service road, where available. The main features of the project include provision of road safety features and traffic control devices. The reconstruction of the pavement structure in sections where the existing carriageway remained inundated for a longer period and has undergone a complete base failure.

Provision of pedestrian facilities especially designed for maximum convenience of the road users, handicapped people, the elderly, women and children; provision of improved facilities for public transport users; parking provision near commercial centers, mosques and educational institutions; provision of parking for private vehicles, rickshaw/taxi; provision of LED street lights; provision of trash bins at convenient locations in the corridor; improvement of existing green belt by installation of benches and planting of shady trees; landscaping of the intersections and other available open spaces along the road to beautify the area; dualisation of the Bridge over Thado Nallah connecting the rural areas of Memon Goth with the urban areas of Malir and Korangi. It would be completed within six months.

Korangi Neighbourhood

Mobility improvements

This is a Rs694 million project. In the first phase (year one) of KNIP project in Malir involves “Rehabilitation and Improvement of 9000 Road from Coast Guard Chowrangi to Ibrahim Hyderi. It is a three kilometers dual and single carriageway road to be developed from Coast Guard Chowrangi to Ibrahim Hyderi.

The same cross sections as those for Malir are designed for Korang. It would have sidewalks/ footpaths on both sides of roads which would l be widened for ease of pedestrians Other features of this road include pedestrian crossings, lighting, bus shelters, and safety barriers for pedestrians; and rehabilitating underground infrastructure and storm water drainage beneath upgraded roads within existing row.