Mega Projects 90 pc complete

You cant really appreciate the level of construction activities going on in the city unless you read them all at the same place. We’ve all gone through the ordeal of these huge projects, the jams, the dug up roads and the frustrations. Now, as these projects area slowly coming live, we also see the ease they’ve introduced in our lives.

First off, The total costs of these projects stood at a staggering Rs. 29 billion over a span of just two years, divided among twelve stakeholders namely Pakistan Steel, Port Qasim Authority, Export Processing Zone Authority, Civil Aviation Authority, Military Land and Cantonments, National Logistic Cell, Export Promotion Bureau, Karachi Port Trust, Oil Companies, State Bank/Banks, DHA and Ministry of Works.

Complete list after the jump.

The works assigned to various stakeholders are as under..


  • Two-level flyover at Hino Chowrangi at a cost of Rs594 million
  • Rehabilitation of the 4.55km long Mai Kolachi Bypass at Rs699 million
  • Rehabilitation of the 2.56km long M.T. Khan Road at Rs266 million
  • Rehabilitation of M.A. Jinnah Road at Rs439 million


  • Completion of Shahrah-e-Mehran at Rs119.44 million
  • Construction of a 1.9km long road from National Highway to Shahrah-e-Mehran at Rs250 million

Pakistan Steel

  • Construction of a flyover at Quaidabad at a cost of Rs217 million
  • Dualisation of link road connecting the National Highway with the Super Highway at a cost of Rs575 million


  • Improve and rehabilitate University Road from Mazar-e-Quaid to Malir Cantonment at Rs312 million

State Bank

  • Rehabilitate the 2.25km long I.I. Chundrigar Road at Rs230 million

Other projects

  • Improvement and rehabilitation of 4.8km long Shahrah-e-Ghalib at Rs266 million,
  • Improvement and rehabilitation of Sharea Faisal from Jinnah Terminal to Pakistan Steel at Rs630 million
  • Construction of a road from Super Highway to Jinnah Terminal via Malir cantonment at Rs789 million
  • Construction of Road-8000 Korangi at Rs950 million
  • A bridge over Malir River connecting Shah Faisal Colony with Korangi No 10 costing Rs1,057.593 million
  • Construction of Sohrab Goth inter-change at Rs439.61 million

Source: Dawn

20 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 11:14 pm

    Railway is also a major land owner/stake holder here
    and what about all those cantonments why don’t they take part in any of the mega development projects

  2. BoZz (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 12:52 am

    Sounds nice on paper. But someone has to evaluate them and see if the projects are worth the money spent on them and what proportion has gone to waste, been used as bribe etc., and secondly how durable they really are and how long they will last.

    Then we can shout hurray!

  3. Imran Yousuf (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 10:26 am

    yes u r right …
    check this news in todays paper ….
    the opp of karachi is telling some other story

    Mega projects have gone over budget: city opp

    Staff Report

    KARACHI: Karachi City produces 65 percent of the revenue of the entire country but under every regime the problems of Karachi have been neglected, said the group leader of Al Khidmat Panel in the CDGK, Rafiq Ahmed Khan, Monday.

    For the first time in history the former city nazim Naimatullah Khan approved a package of Rs 29 billion rupees and resolved the important problems of the city and completed mega projects during his four years tenure, he said at a press conference at the Idara-e-Noor Haq. UC nazims of the Al Khidmat Panel, Abdul Rashid, Zahid Saeed, Abdul Razzaq, Ramzan Aiwan and others were present.

    The panel is ready to coordinate with the Haq Parast Panel for the development of Karachi but the Haq Parast Panel should also coordinate with the elected members of the opposition without any discrimination so the problems of Karachi could be solved, he added.

    During the tenure of Naimatullah Khan an annual fund of Rs 6.5 million for each UC nazim and Rs 1.5 million each member council of Karachi was approved making development possible at the union council level.

    He lamented that the present CDGK government could not maintain that during 2005 and 2006. He added that they again struggled for the annual funds and under this pressure the city nazim approved funds of Rs 9.5 million for each union council but the UC nazims of the opposition had still been deprived of this.

    The civic facilities in opposition areas were worsening as they have not been provided the funds in their UCs. A majority of town nazims in the city belong to the Haq Parast Panel and they are interfering in the UC administrations, which is a violation of the SLGO, they said.

    Member of works and services committee, CDGK, Zahid Saeed, said that the foundation stone of all mega projects of the city had been laid. Most of the projects were completed in his tenure while some are about to be completed while the present city government has failed to start any of the mega projects.

    He claimed that the tenders of three mega projects the Karsaz flyover, National Stadium and Civic Center Flyovers and Gharibabad underpass were called in Naimatullah Khan’s tenure. He claimed that the present city government made changes in the above-mentioned project so that they could call these projects their own.

    About the signal-free corridor I, he said that the Nazimabad Underpass was sanctioned for Rs 340 million by the present CDGK and the project was completed at Rs 400 million. Similarly the Liaquatabad Underpass was sanctioned for Rs 340 million and was completed with Rs 400 million under the present CDGK, the said.

    While the Karsaz Flyover was sanctioned for Rs 130 million in the former city nazim’s tenure the present city government revised it and completed the project with an increase of Rs 50 million. The Civic Center Flyover and the underpass project were approved for Rs 490 million in the former city nazim’s regime but the current CDGK changed its design and constructed it in the form of a bridge only. If the project were constructed in the form of a flyover it would have cost Rs 240 million but the underpass and interchange are absent from the project and even then the project has cost Rs 560 million.

    Similarly, the present CDGK had sanctioned the National Stadium Flyover for Rs 360 million and it should have an interchange according to the project but the interchange is absent and the project was completed at Rs 420 million. Contrary to this, in the former nazim’s tenure, the FTC and Shahra-e-Quaideen flyovers were completed with Rs 260 million which is according to the international standard.

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  4. TURAB (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 11:50 am

    brings tears to my eyes with all the work going on!

    great find imran bhai…….

    Karachi Zindabad

  5. MB (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 12:21 pm

    Thank you IMRAN for this info. I hope MANSOOR and others would stop drumming about present CDGK. As they had been ignoring the other side of the story. It would be interesting to know what they will reply now….

  6. mansoor (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 12:41 pm

    MB: its true the projects overran their budget, AND that a lot of people are accused of pocketing the money instead, however… have u stopped and considered about the original budget/plan itself?

    Govt. plans are usually done on the basis of tender, from which the cheapest and shortest solution is selected. Most often, that is *not* the RIGHT solution!

    Over the years, i’ve seen various projects being under-bid by contractors who see it as a way of securing the bid. Once they get it and start work THEN they come up with excuses etc, to get more money out of the govt, because at that point, the govt is under seige and cannot turn away.

    This happened over at the Mai Kolachi, MT Khan road rehabilitation, only then KPT did not give in the hands of the contractors and eventually (after four contractor changes) NLC was brought in which finished the road construction.

    Also, i know it for a fact that the ‘estimation expertise’ of our contractors is not accurate. That is why its called an ESTIMATE! Various factors are considered as constants which, when the project comes under execution, opens up pandoras box!

  7. Ali Mohsin (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 1:08 pm

    Adding to mansoor saying…..cost of materials tend to fluctutate over time. with global construction boom being witnessed, cost of raw materials is on the rise…that might be a reason attributed to the increase in project costs…

    So TURAB ..kindly keep your tears (would like to say more abt tears ..but citizen’s journalism ethics holding me bro!) upto urself …and MB …time and again u have proved urself to be a complete cynic!

  8. BoZz (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 2:02 pm

    Yes cost of material does fluctuate and then there is the question of estimates which are very fluid etc. etc. That is precisely why we go to school to get an education in the first place, so that we can incorporate all these factors and much more when we plan (aka Project Management).

    That is if you can plan in the first place.
    And planning does require humans with common sense. Alas to be found on endangered species list out here.

    But then again maybe it is the because of the ‘cheapest’ and ‘shortest’ education that we get, that gives us the ‘fluctuating’ mindset, that ‘raises’ the need to ‘increase’ our own pockets. Just my ‘estimation’.

    Who knows, in the end we may all cry!

  9. mansoor (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 2:11 pm

    bozz: lollllzzzzzz!!!!!!!! well said buddy! what use of the buzz words :D

  10. MB (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 2:33 pm

    I appreciate your explanations. Right now i am keeping my fingers crossed. So far so good ( regarding construction of roads. flyovers).

    I am dreaming about similar initiatives in other areas too specially health & eduction. Lets hope we hear any good news soon.

  11. mansoor (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 2:36 pm

    MB: i was about to write that you remind me of adnan, pph and/or darthvader here… but you do have one big difference. While you do criticize, you do atleast listen to reason :D

    its much more fun discussing/debating with you.

    rest.. learn something :-D

  12. BoZz (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

    With a population in excess of 165 million and Karachi exceeding 14.5 million by itself, I would not hold my breath on that one MB if I were you.

    It is imperative that we curtail our population and it’s growth if we are ever to see any sustained development and progress.

    If you wish to realize your dreams – it’s time to cut the cords first. I hope you know which cords I am speaking of.

  13. BoZz (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 2:52 pm

    @Mansoor – I want one too. I want one of those :D or :-D from you too. Please, please…… I will also agree with you (not known as debate!) :)

  14. Ali Mohsin (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 2:59 pm

    MB..We do appreciate your concern abt the quality and durability and its quite fine, it surely reflects a sound head …….but to categorically state and declare inefficient is kind of unfair! Lets always hope for the best!

  15. MB (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 3:35 pm

    @MANSOOR :
    haaha….yeah….resting…having biryani,want some ? ;)

  16. Concerned (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 8:13 pm

    I probably sound like a kid, but I dont believe that everything that has been built in the last 1-2 years was planned by Naimutullah.

    By the sound of the statement it looks more like trick to discredit the govt.

  17. Concerned (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 10:38 pm

    As far as exceeding budgets is concerned, please point out one major development project anywhere in the world which has been done within budget.

    The newspaper in the Uk everyday point out how the whole cost of the Olympics have gone out of control and how the tax payers will probably be footing the difference.

    The construction of even a single stadium in the UK (wembley) has gone way over budget.

    So this is normal, and Bozz dude, have you every had any construction done? education alone cannot ensure you manage to do things within budget.

  18. Turab (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 3:58 am

    @ Ali mohsin,

    My tears are tears of joy for all the positive construction activity being carried out… dunno wht your understanding was?

  19. BoZz (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 1:59 pm

    @CONCERNED – agreed that education by itself cannot and will not ever be the only answer to a given problem. However a good sound education is definitely the best ‘foundation’ for most everything.

    Then there is Integrity, Honesty, Dependability, Experience, Reliability, Reputation but wait a minute, I forgot we were speaking of people here. Scratch all of the above!

    Although the above would explain the difference between the UK builders and us here.

    Now to a short lesson in Management for you.

    Accurate cost estimating can save more than money. The cost estimated for a project at an earlier, planning, stage, may differ from the cost estimated and budgeted at the time the project is finalized and construction is begun, when much more detailed engineering study has been completed. Cost estimates made closer to project construction are always more accurate than those made at an earlier, more remote, point in time (our main problem).

    This also is not a “cost overrun”, but Abdul bhai ki ‘chai’ or probably a Land Cruiser.

    —“please point out one major development project anywhere in the world which has been done within budget” — Please never try and pull that one again, I could point out many and so could you in all probability, i.e. on the assumption that you have a good foundation, the Internet is a good source – use it.

  20. Ali Mohsin (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 3:17 pm

    I take my words back ….Turab bhai!!!!!!!!

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