The Beaches are Safe for Now

If you recall almost a year back in April, I made a post titled Saahil Bachao…SAVE Karachi’s Beaches talking about the threat of commercialization of Karachi’s beaches, well it seems that the threat has subsided as the company vying for the project then has ‘run away’ leaving the Sindh Planning and Development department dwindling up yet another Request for Proposal (RFP) to be published soon in a number of leading newspapers around the world

The beach front project is supposed to cover some 21,000 acres of land and could have run a hefty tag of over $500 Billion, while the initial costs and reserve guarantee will be $130-$150 Billion at the time of awarding of the contract. Considering that a big Dubai developer has abondeed this project it wont be surprisingly to see this new RFP also fall flat on its face unless the Sindh Government woo in a few investors to bid on this project, seemingly a tough call, but for now we can almost say… The beaches are safe for now….

Unique Pakistan … the project was standstill since August 13, 2007 by the authorities concerned, when they got Expression of Interests (EoIs) from investors and developers of international repute for development of waterfront on the western coastline of Karachi centered around Hawksbay.

At present, around 21,000-acre land has been allocated for the project while 19,000-acre land will be leased to tender winner, initially, they said, adding the department was striving to convince aforementioned department to provide land for the project.

It may be cited that environmentalists have raised several objections to the execution of the project, saying that it might cause great damage to the environment and marine life. They are of the opinion that the project should be started only after carrying out a comprehensive environment survey, which assess the effects of the project on air and marine environment, besides suggesting measures to avoid environmental degradation.

To a question, officials in department said the project would be awarded to the company, which would prove its core business activities, technical and financial capabilities, besides providing assurance that project would not damage the surroundings and marine life.

Credit Mansoor & Unique Pakistan

23 Comments so far

  1. balma on March 13th, 2008 @ 8:16 am

    There is always a compromising middle-ground type of soultion to any issue.
    For example, housing developments can be planned close to the beaches but not right on the beach. A wide road like Bombay’s Marine drive, Chicago’s Lakeshore or Manhattan’s West Side Hwy can be built along the beach. This will provide access to anyone who wants to go to the beach.

    But, no, Pakistan is full of inbred idiots who can’t figure out anything and for whom every thing is either black or white.
    I say, we put an immediate ban on cousin marriages in Pakistan, and esp Karachi.

  2. asifbiz on March 13th, 2008 @ 10:22 am

    man this guy is not only a good writer but also a very professional admin!

    thanks teetho

  3. Shamsi (shamsi) on March 13th, 2008 @ 12:35 pm

    No wonder it WILL be an extortion teknik for the "deprived" NEW Elected legislators.

  4. mohsin on March 13th, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

    wow for once I agree with balma
    there is a rational solution to this, unfortunately most people in Pakistan don’t believe in rationality.

    Also I find it funny that they talk about preserving the environment when they have rivers of raw sewage running down the city.
    but like blama said, the place if full of inbread idiots

  5. pkman on March 13th, 2008 @ 9:33 pm

    I wonder why the developer from Dubai abandoned the project? Environmental impact studies are regularly done for massive projects like this one, so that could not have been a surprise. Could this have anything to do with the current political and economic situation in the country?

  6. balma on March 13th, 2008 @ 10:46 pm…28581067865391

    If anyone needed further proof that Karachites, Pakistanis, and Muslims in general have become stupid and retarded due to cousin marriages, check out the video at the URL above regarding Lyari Expressway. People driving in the wrong direction on highway, people walking on the highway, and kids playing on the highway ….only in Pakistan!

    Having said that, Lyari expressway is taabeer of Balma’s bachpan kay khwaab. I am so impressed by the video…. but the stupidity of our people does make me sad. I hate to say this, but may be couple of these people walking on the expressway need to ….

  7. obiwankenobe on March 14th, 2008 @ 12:29 am

    Thank you Balma for sharing video. The commentary was funny. The expressway seems good and to avoid people coming on it, I guess they can build grills on both sides but that would be an expensive and I guess when there would be a full flow of traffic, people will not bother to come on it as there would be no public traffic on it I guess. And by the way, this lack of civic sense has nothing to do with Islam and Pakistan.

  8. d0ct0r (d0ctor) on March 14th, 2008 @ 12:40 am

    grills won’t work,it never worked in pakistan,people will uproot n steal them all.. steel is Rs63000+ per ton

  9. balma on March 14th, 2008 @ 12:56 am

    Here are my thoughts on role of Pakistan and Islam in the stupidity of our people.
    Look at the mullahs for a moment. In a meeting with Attaturk, as reported in Jang, they were asking him to let them do naaray baazi on walls (chalking in Karachi lingo). Why? they, the mullahs think that since writing on the walls in not haram, they should be allowed to do it!

    Similarly, walking on a highway or driving in the wrong direction is not haram according to Quran, so therefore our people have no problem with it.

    Have you seen stupid haree or kaalee pagRee valaas breaking traffic rules? yes, this is the logic…not haram according to quran, so no need to to follow MAN MADE rules…yes, the emphasis is on MAN MADE rules….for the stupids in Pakistan, breaking MAN MADE rules is OK, and not haram!

    Now the role of Pakistan…. I guess among the three countries of the sub-continent, Pakistanis are the most juT people….cheaters kahaan nahi’n hotay, but Pakistan on the average has more cheaters than in India and Bangladesh.

    so, obi*, I think people not having civic sense has absofuckinglutely something to do with Pakistan and Islam. Sorry, you brought it up, I was only blaming inbreeding for the stupidity.

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  11. karachi4eva on March 14th, 2008 @ 4:05 am

    @Balma: As far as I know Koran doesnt specifically say anything about running a red light, but doest it actually say "you should not obey traffic rules"? because thats what you are making it sound like and yeah "Pakistan on the average has more cheaters than in India and Bangladesh." anything to support that? (other than your own assumptions!)

  12. obiwankenobe on March 14th, 2008 @ 7:45 am

    Balma, please read again what you wrote. I thought you were an intelligent man and I personally never mind your ideology(in fact I have always liked your comments just because most of the time they give me some thing new to ponder) but the last comment you wrote to justify the role of Islam and Pakistan for current situation in Pakistan did not make sense at all. And if you were really all those characters Alam , Reality_Check, Ammar and Pkhan etc. as you admitted some where on this blog last week then I am a big fan of your character playing(no pund intended).

  13. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on March 14th, 2008 @ 11:18 am

    Balma Chudhary belongs to that cult of Yanks who blame Osama even if their kids pee in pants and bring up lame reasons to justify their silly arguments.

  14. HITMAN (hitman) on March 14th, 2008 @ 11:37 am

    Balma, may be u should study a bit more abt Islam because Islam calls upon the Muslims to follow & adhere to the law of land, not break it. Other than that, I agree on the stupidity part, like some of the idiots questioning the religious status of advocates on black flag week.

  15. balma on March 14th, 2008 @ 6:35 pm

    Obi*, I was suffering from multiple personality disorder and wearing various caps to suit my mood swings :-)

    Hitman, I am not sure if there is a comment in Quran to follow the law of the land…. will check or if you can quote, will appreciate. People marrying cousins in europe and the US are always breaking law of the land (most of places it is illegal), but they do it because it is not disallowed by Quran (I would say stupidos, why not jump from 3rd floor…that is not disallowed either).
    Similarly Muslims marring multiple women in the western world, and not registering their marraiges with the govt….well, that is not disallowed by Quran either…so this mentality does exist.

    Eddie o’Reily, why use inappropriate language when defending behavior of Muslims?

    Also, Hitman, what is the story about the religeous status of TaTToo vakeels?

    And, here is my comment no one responded to:
    Did the mullahs in Pakistan request Karachi’s Attaturk to let them do naaraabaazi on Karachi’s wall? If so, as reported in Jang etc, then why? Are they idiots?

  16. HITMAN (hitman) on March 14th, 2008 @ 7:35 pm

    Balma, let me re-phrase my sentence. "because Islam calls upon the Muslims to follow & adhere to the law of land, not break it" as long as it do not go against Islam or compels u to do sinful act(s)

    The hadith from Sahih Bukhari is :
    Sayyiduna Abd Allah ibn Umar (Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “It is necessary upon a Muslim to listen to and obey the ruler, as long as one is not ordered to carry out a sin. If he is commanded to commit a sin, then there is no adherence and obedience.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, no. 2796 & Sunan Tirmidhi)

    May be the following link would help a little more:

  17. HITMAN (hitman) on March 14th, 2008 @ 7:41 pm

    Regarding those "kaala coat" wala comment, it was basically for Aitzaz Ahsan by Senator Latif Khosa , who is also a member of the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC). He criticised Aitzaz for giving a call to observe black flag week from March 9 to March 16, questioning whether he had left Islam by resorting to "black agitation" on the auspicious occasion of the birth of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).

  18. HITMAN (hitman) on March 14th, 2008 @ 7:43 pm
  19. balma on March 14th, 2008 @ 8:02 pm

    I didn’t get the point though!
    Was Khosa smoking something while he made the comment?

  20. d0ct0r (d0ctor) on March 15th, 2008 @ 2:36 pm

    to let them do naaray baazi on walls (chalking in Karachi lingo). Why? they, the mullahs..

    What do you have to say about MQM Altaf bai’s enlightened terrorist brigade which recently adorned karachi with abusive graffiti and made us karachiites proud worldwide.. although criminal governor realizing the blunder ordered whitewashing those glorious slogans,but even today they’re visible on public transport and main roads..

  21. بستنی (wasiq) on March 16th, 2008 @ 8:51 am

    sorry for intrusion…..i just wanted to know how an unregistered comment got through…..? (unregistered) March 14th, 2008 1:07 am ,

    and why i am getting the follow up for this post when i haven’t requested…?
    Karachi Metblog [Karachi Metblogs] New Comment On: The Beaches are Safe for Now

    Thanks…don’t stop please continue…..

  22. d0ct0r (d0ctor) on March 16th, 2008 @ 6:16 pm

    @Wasiq NO ,nobody is telling you how unregistered commentator got through(hint:wordpress) , you really wana comment with unregistered nick don’t you? :p

    and you must have accidentally click the notification option

  23. d0ct0r (d0ctor) on March 16th, 2008 @ 6:19 pm

    Threat to Karachi’s seashore

    By Ardeshir Cowasjee

    “The following things are by natural law common to all — the air, running water, the sea, and consequently the seashore. No one therefore is forbidden access to the seashore … for these are not, like the sea itself, subject to the law of nations…. But they cannot be said to belong to any one as private property, but rather are subject to the same law as the sea itself, with the soil or sand which lies beneath it.” — Emperor Justinian, AD 482-565

    IN mid-2006, a Dubai-based developer, Limitless of Dubai World, sold a hare-brained scheme, Sugarland City, to our then prime minister, Shaukat Aziz, whose stated intent was to convert Karachi into a ‘world-class city’ (whatever that may mean!).

    The project envisaged the transformation of some 65,000-plus acres of land, including Manora, Sandspit, Hawkesbay, bounded by the Hub River, Northern Bypass and the Western Backwaters, into “the most exciting 21st century urban quarter in the world”.

    Shortly thereafter, a video ( of the project was floated. Replete with extravagant buzzwords like ‘exciting new waterfront’, ‘bold new beginning’, ‘once-in-a-lifetime vacation escape’, ‘sun-drenched’, ‘world-class master plan’, ‘imaginative architecture’, ‘590-metre tower’ and ‘leisure and lifestyle amenities’, the presentation showed fantastic Dubai-like scenes with extensive reclamation of land in the sea. Details were also posted on the developer’s website.

    Based on the federal government’s MOU with Dubai World, the Sindh government machinery was activated to examine premature cancellation of leases, and facilitate allotment of parcels of land to the venture “which promises to bring large Direct Foreign Investment to Pakistan”. Beach-hut lessees were served with termination notices by the City District Government Karachi. To prove transparency and equal access to all, the Sindh government floated a Request for Expression of Interest in the press in Aug 2007. As insufficient responses were received, a fresh advertisement was published in Nov 2007 — what responses were received is not known.

    Concerned citizens and civil society groups in the city reacted strongly to this takeover of the coastline and the promotion of a grandiose project that is totally unrelated to the realities of life in Karachi. To our credit, adverse news items and op-ed pieces in the press, letters to the editor, seminars and public statements by politicians, demonstrations by affected fishermen, and court cases by beach-hut owners began to multiply over the past year.

    Dharti (sacred land) is a coalition “to synergise the diverse capacities of civil society organisations convinced about the centrality of the environmental framework within which all human activity takes place, in order to ensure that all actions undertaken by official and non-official sectors in Sindh, in particular, and in Pakistan, in general, respect the abiding values of ecological sanctity and of human well-being.” Membership comprises the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Strengthening Participatory Organisation, Baanhn Beli, Shirkatgah, WWF, Women’s Action Forum, Pakistan Maheegir Tehrik, Sahil Bachao, Helpline Trust, Indus Earth, Institute of Architects, Pakistan Institute of Labour Education & Research, Pakistan Women’s Foundation for Peace and the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum. Dharti is spearheaded by Naila Ahmed of Shehri.

    Last week, Dharti conducted a seminar on the threat to the coastline around Karachi and the attending citizens passed this resolution:

    “The Dharti coalition of concerned citizen groups resolves that any development, especially along the coastline, shall be carried out in line with the principles given below. Consequently, the ‘Sugarland’ project at Hawkesbay/Sandspit, which is in violation of these standards, is opposed.

    “1) The common-law ‘Public Trust Doctrine’, which mandates free and unfettered access to the shores of the sea for citizens to facilitate fishing, swimming, navigation, recreation, etc, for all, must be respected. 2) The rights of the local fishing communities along the coast cannot be compromised under any circumstances. 3) There must be an EIA [Environmental Impact Assessment] and public hearings on all waterfront development projects. 4) Any extravagant development on the seashore (private beaches, etc) meant only for the wealth-laden will be opposed. People from all socio-economic classes must have unhindered right to use the natural resource of the beach. 5) The government must frame master plans of the coastal areas to preserve them for our future generations. The greed of builders and developers cannot be allowed to dictate utilisation of coastal areas. 6) Existing residents of the city have the first right to adequate/enhanced basic utilities (water, sewerage, electricity) and infrastructure. Diversion of these resources to high-class coastal development cannot be allowed to rob the citizens of Karachi of their birthright. 7) The governments, federal, provincial and city, must come clean about the waterfront development projects in all jurisdictions. 8) Sustainable development must be distributed uniformly across the geographical space, rather than being concentrated along the coast.”

    The above guidelines apply to all the ambitious, environmentally-unfriendly, so-called development projects along the Karachi coastline, such as the DHA’s 14-km Waterfront Development Project; KPT’s Port Tower Complex involving a 190-acre reclamation of the seabed in front of Clifton Block 2; PQA’s Waterfront Development Project; the establishment of industrial plants along the Bin Qasim shoreline, and establishment of Diamond Bar City on Bundal and Buddo islands; the CDGK’s unplanned increase in floor-area ratio up to 1:9 for buildings along the Clifton beachfront so as to emulate Dubai.

    Karachi has already grown far too large and is drowning in its own effluent and pollution. Law and order problems increase proportionately with the population, and with the increasing discrepancy between the haves and the have-nots. As pointed out by a participant in the Dharti seminar, the Quran states that human habitations must not be made too large: a new, separate habitation must be established when one has expanded to the extent that people no longer recognise one another.

    We cannot afford to emulate Dubai, nor should we want to. WWF’s Living Planet Report 2006 ( shows that the ‘ecological footprint’ of the UAE exceeds its biocapacity by 1,387 per cent (the excess of that of the world is 22 per cent and of Pakistan 100 per cent). In order to assist in over-exploiting Pakistan’s natural resources, many local agencies have invited Dubai developers to teach us how to destroy our environment.

    The ‘shape of things to come’ has been unfolded. The propensities of those most likely to assume de facto power next week need no elaboration. The non-possession of academic degrees by these worthies is of little consequence. Members of all the Dharti groupings and others wishing to save Karachi’s coastline and seashore can find details at The people will have to resist as best they can.

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