A glimpse into future

Tabraiz sent us this link to a webpage that has a listing (with pictures) of some of the development projects planned for Karachi. This also includes the notorious 1947 feet skyscrapper that was discussed extensively not so long ago. Other notable projects include Crescent Bay, Dolmen Towers, and Creek Marina. There are many other projects I can think of that are not listed there.

All of that looks so surreal… can Karachi actually be like that? Never thought so? It’s amazing to witness all this development going on right in front of us. The next generation will grow up in a developed Karachi and will take everything for granted.

A major concern is still security. All this development is futile if common man is not secure on the streets. I am very optimistic that the concerned authorities will give a serious thought to security issue as well.

19 Comments so far

  1. Farrukh Ahmed (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 11:39 am

    Seems to good to be true, but since the think tank behind the projects is Emaar, who has proved themselves in Dubai Marina, I can believe the projects…..

    I wonder how will we cope up with the security, utilities and affordability issue!

    Such projects in Dubai are insanely expensive!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Adil (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 12:51 pm

    Perhaps they should have pictures of the kachi abadis that will come up faster than these projects with large land encroachment… After all, who’s going to work in these projects and where will they all live?

    In the absence of low cost housing and other infrastucture project with proper facilities, (traffic management, hospitals, fire and police/security stations with ability to spray water at high altitudes, electricity, waste disposal, security etc.) these projects are doomed.

    If they could make just ten low cost, high rise apartment buildings in each katchi abadi, they could probably take back lots of valuable land. But then again, our leaders are not thinking of the people.

  3. BoZz (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 1:36 pm

    Looks impressive on paper. But that is as far as it will go esthetically.

    Do not forget who will run these complexes and who will maintain them and who will clean them and who will live in them.

    Know your nation, know your people and do not hold your breath for this.

  4. BoZz (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 2:24 pm

    Regret the second consecutive posting but before we “Glimpse into the future” maybe it would be more prudent to “Take a hard look into Now” first.

    To further elucidate my point….

    200 firefighters work as gardeners in Karachi..
    (read on) http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=World_News&subsection=Pakistan+%26+Sub-Continent&month=March2007&file=World_News200703309286.xml

  5. Kashif (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 2:44 pm

    Growing vertically (instead of spreading horizontally), grabbing land from the sea and ignoring the signs of nature are all ingredients for a recipe of disaster.

  6. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 4:52 pm

    Do we have the infrastructure to cope with such projects.

    1. we do not have enough drinking water.
    2. we do not have enough electricity.
    3. we do not have sewrage treatment / disposal means.
    4. we do not have education system
    5. we do not have basic health care
    6. we do not have emergency services
    7. we do not have respect for others
    8. we do not have spine to accept that law does not exist.
    9. we do not have courage to accept that system is in total Chaos.
    10. we do not have a judicial system

    – yes we have ONE THING, FAITH AND BELIEF – ALLAH SAB THEEK Kar Dai Ga ,…. and life goes on.

    If that is spirit to ENDURE such projects, Allah Help us.

  7. Sufi (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

    What good is all this chamak damak when there is no clean drinking water even for those who are willing to pay, no electricity, no safety of life etc.

    Surely, they look great ‘on paper’

  8. holy_bazooka (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 7:19 pm

    when i see this i don’t think of NY or La.
    i think of rio(brazil).
    elites living in gated communities while everyone else lives in extreme poverty at the mercy of criminal gangs.
    this is not the way to go.

  9. Hush (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 7:52 pm

    It is indeed going to widen the gap between upper and lower classes. If we continue eating up the middle class like this, our economy will fall like a house of cards.

  10. mansoor (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 8:18 pm

    the 60 storey barrier cannot be broken unfortunately.. if the current administration does not let go of previously held concepts.

    two tall towers have already been slashed by our illustrious CM thanks to under 40 stories each (the financial towers and dolmen city), what will happen to the rest is still a dream…

    god help us.. literally.. cuz we cant seem to :(

  11. Maliha (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 8:53 pm

    It sounds like a great plan, but do you really think that it will be well kept. I Mean look at Karachi! messed up streets, sewage drainage problems, crime, and lack of clean water and food. The only thing that comes into my mind would be to totally isolate it from the main city, or to have security check point from the island to the city.

  12. Zainub (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 9:06 pm

    The Review this week did a feature cover story on kuchi abadis, it’s an eye opening article at any rate, but especially now, in the wake of the government’s claim of such progress.

  13. Salman A. (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 9:50 pm

    Beautiful pictures. Hope these projects get completed successfully and on time. after reading some of these comments I wonder what’s so unique about Karachi that does not happen in any other metropolitan city of the world? You don’t have to go too far to get answer to that, just look at Mumbai. That city has even bigger and more serious problems at all levels but does it mean that all its new projects should be scrapped?

  14. naveed (unregistered) on March 31st, 2007 @ 2:01 am

    Have you guys seen mumbai in detail? Or has someone seen the recent film “Traffic Signal”?
    Mumbai has 7 times more jhopar patties, a three times bigger underworld and the same water/sewerage and sanitiation issues like karachi. Two years ago mumbai literally drowned in torrential rains and still half the population sleeps on the footpaths.
    Yet its the financial hub of world’s second fastest growing economy and has dozens of skyscrapers and hundredes of posh neighbourhoods.
    Thats life!!!

  15. wasiq (unregistered) on March 31st, 2007 @ 2:33 am

    Yaar Big B banney kay lian kuch bhi karna pertaa hai….yeah toh kuch bhi nahein….

    I’d been married long time ago. Where did you come from? Where did you go? …

  16. BoZz (unregistered) on March 31st, 2007 @ 4:04 am

    @ Naveed – That is true about rainfall in Mumbai. But in case you only read the head lines, The facts were,

    the sudden rains measuring up to 94.4 centimeters (37.1 inches) in ONE day were the highest recorded in India’s history.

    If we ever get that, whole of Pakistan will sink and you and I will be found in an open nullah.

  17. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on March 31st, 2007 @ 11:38 am


    It was less then 9 mm in Karachi last year and situation was chaotic. guess what havoc disaster it would play if it becomes only 9 CM.

    Again the question remains,

    Do we have infrastructure to manage such MEGA Projects.

  18. Truth (unregistered) on March 31st, 2007 @ 7:08 pm

    i dont think that by building skyscrapers and luxurious 6 star residential apartment complexes, and flyovers all around the city you can call the city is under development. A social infrastructure, a sense of community, law and order, health, education, culture, religion, and ur identity as a population make up the city/town ( a livable place/a home). Having no sense of respect to your fellow beings means the community is still weak. We are alwasys competing with west, trying to copy them in every aspect, why dont we realise that we HAVE enough potential to devise our own ways to achieve something. We are still sleeping and blindly following others. we should ask ourselves, do we really think we need a 1947 feet high tower in one of the most screwed up city in the world? there is so much useful to invest on such as other people have commented above (health, education, kachi abadis, law, security etc). we have to learn to think good, think positive and think alike. karachi hasnt seen such a disaster, which it could observe if and when these and similar projects become a reality.

  19. zakir (unregistered) on April 4th, 2007 @ 1:57 pm

    Bothers and sisters

    It has been six years living outside karachi, it is very unfortunate to say that every time when I decide to come to karachi I face this terrible fear of security.Since, I am a family person of 2 children my utmost priority is security.I visit my parent every 6 months and have seen karachi developing in past 6 years.It is a very healthy sign, I really want to come back because it is not easy living in another country no matter how good it is.You are always at the verge of discrimination, but atleast you and your children are safe and enjoying the basic rights and needs.

    I dont know when this situation would improve , and I would be able to come back to my city which I miss and love so much.

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