Sahil Bachao!

“The DHA has plans to construct theme parks, marinas, expo centers, expensive hotels and condominiums on the 14 km of beach area between McDonalds and the Golf Club. This area is currently enjoyed by Pakistanis of all backgrounds. This development threatens to shut out the common person’s free and unobstructed access to most of the beach environment. It will only serve the interests of real estate developers. It will end Karachi’s one multi-class open recreational space and will become a place only for the affluent few.” This is what the Sahil Bachao Coalition has to say.
They also say “come raise your voice with us. Wear blue!”
A protest at Clifton Beach is arranged on Sunday, April 29, 2007 at 5 pm. If you intend to join, meet at the parking lot outside McDonalds.
Sahil Bachao is sponsored by the Sahil Bachao Coalition. For press release and more information, visit
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15 Comments so far

  1. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

    it is a very noble idea to have the dha beaches open to the khi public but not if you are a dha resident living near the beach.

    the londas riding motorcycles make the residents lives really miserable….esp on weekends racing till 4 in the morning,not to mention the problems caused t families visiting the beach..

    the noise pollution near the houses located near Khy-Ittehad, muslim, sea view, shamsheer…etc is unbearable!

    i live near the beach…so this is 1st hand exp!

  2. Concerned (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 7:39 pm

    I agree with Petarian, also god forbid a girl visits the beach on weekend, the londas do not stop harrasing her. This counts for girls just driving by too.

  3. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 7:51 pm

    the dha part of the beach should be only for families at least in the evening!

    last year when constrution started on the empty plot next to my house i thanked God, as now the noise is somewhat reduced and it is possible to sleep at night.

    before that it was impossible because of the honking and racing going on on khy-ittehad…

    by the way my house is not on the ittehad and is at least 100- 150 meters from it but still the noise can be too much.!

  4. Kamran Manzoor (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 8:39 pm

    economic development in the city would create jobs for all classes of people.

    anyway i dont care what sort of place it would become. atleast a third world country should make wise decisions

  5. verysmart (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 9:01 pm

    Sahil bachaoo?? from what? from some one trying to inject economic prosperity into the city? or from the efforts of a cleaner and better beach, without CHICHORA awam trashing it every nite and adding to the marine pollution?

    Sahil bachaoo from what? what do we have left to save? oh I get it… yes we can save the sight of plastic bags rolling all over the beach, we can save the sight of motor bikers harrassing girls, we can save the sight of an undeveloped city while continue to droool over Manhattaan, Sydney, Hong Kong and Dubai. We can save the city from an oppurtunity to have five and six star hotels on the sea front which may bring in direct and in-direct jobs.

    Come on people… no one is bloody interested.

    I see Sahikl bachao movement as a black mailing, oppurtunist group who wants to have a deal with the developers by staging a show of strenght!!

  6. NEX (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 10:13 pm

    Sahil Bachao activists are bunch of idiots who still want to live in 14th century. I think, it’s a brilliant idea to develop our beach site….Bombay has done it and both rich and poor have access to beach and other areas….get with the program.

  7. anon (unregistered) on April 28th, 2007 @ 12:24 am

    sahil bachao!!

    aray bhai, yeh developers yehi tou ker rahay hain!

  8. anon (unregistered) on April 28th, 2007 @ 12:29 am

    our saahil should not be free. a cost should be paid. people who dont even have the sense of caring for it and just come for enjoyment shouldnt be allowed to come and this is the best way to stop them.

  9. Faraz (unregistered) on April 28th, 2007 @ 12:43 am

    We should go forward with a well thought out plan for development, don’t build too close to the shoreline leaving some area for recreation, and may be have a beach park or two.

    Sahil Bachao people just have their priorities all wrong. They come out as too anti-any-development. Aren’t there enough REAL problems to voice our opinions against?

  10. Faisal (unregistered) on April 28th, 2007 @ 1:59 am

    Oh please. what’s wrong with developing the beach. maybe if the masses learn some civic sense like how not to throw garbage on the beach when there’s a dustbin 10 feet away can they enjoy all this stuff. right now, with the current mentality, i dont see a lot changing for them. call me a person with a superiority complex. whatever. it’s not about depriving anyone. its about some progress that has to be made. sometimes posts on this really annoy me. don’t get me wrong. im a fan. just at times i feel we’re too cynical, us pakistanis…

  11. wasiq (unregistered) on April 28th, 2007 @ 3:56 am

    this is ironic…..first they are asking to wear blue which is not a protest color as far as my k-nowledge is concerned….Second they are calling at the McDonald’s parking……

    BTW,when you guys meet on sunday please do the collective prayers….that this common person dies soon leaving behind rich and famous heirs….

  12. Raheel (unregistered) on April 28th, 2007 @ 12:32 pm

    I so agree with you. I just that now. It is so closed and artificial out there.

  13. Moiz Kazmi (unregistered) on April 28th, 2007 @ 10:35 pm

    i read/heard somewhere, can’t exactly recall, tht building on shorelines causes tsunami’s n other environmental issues(read disasters) .. can anyone verify ??

  14. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 11:58 am


    tsunami’s are caused by under sea earthquakes.

    the mangroves..etc break the wave before it reaches the shore so the mangroves are really important.

    by the way khi is veryyyyy near one of the biggest faultibes, in the sea near the sind/baluchistan border, and the possibility of tsunami.

    as far as i know building don’t have to do much in this scenario.

  15. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 11:59 am

    i meant :

    ….one of the biggest faultines….

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