ApnaKarachi Maps

ApnaKarachi has been around for a long time, and since its very inception has captured the imaginations of its visitors. When it started out, its star attraction was the Phone Directory. It’s come a long way since as it continues to add new features to the site.

The latest in this series of innovations is the ApnaKarachi Maps which the website itself describes as:

First of its kind true Map of Karachi for the citizens of this great city.


The maps are the first street level representation of the city. One of the developers described the maps on his blog in these words:

The basic motivation behind the Maps was that Pakistan per se doesn’t have any worthwhile representation in major map sites like Google or Yahoo! Maps, so we intended to provide that kind of information and facility to our people. We have just started with Karachi, other cities would definitely on the way.

The most useful features is the layers options for hospitals, schools, fuel pumps etc that can be activated or deactivated. This makes the map look less cluttered and someone searching for a specific landmark is saved a great deal of hassle. In an interview with uXuf, the developer in the team who designed the maps, he explained how the team roamed the streets of Karachi in a rickshaw to collect all the points. The team itself comprised of 5 people, performing the tasks of development, graphic, and mapping.

The team already has a system in place that would allow users tag landmarks themselves and will be released soon.

8 Comments so far

  1. seskey on April 21st, 2008 @ 12:45 am

    90% of this map is wrong marking.

  2. barristerakc on April 21st, 2008 @ 10:06 am

    I agree there with seskey!!!

  3. MB (kar_munib) on April 21st, 2008 @ 10:36 am

    Even though i shall say a good start. . . keep the good working going , one day people would be able to get help from it

    Its really a tough job doing it for a city whose data is nowhere to be found and the one with the gov. is old and crappy.

  4. khirocks on April 21st, 2008 @ 10:37 am

    sorry for the unrelated comment but i wanted to know if Blue Ray DVD (original) titles are available in Karachi? if yes, then what are the prices like?

    Thanks in advance!

  5. Faisal.K (faisalk) on April 21st, 2008 @ 11:49 am

    there has been a detailed map of Karachi available on cdrom for some time now. It is good to see someone uploading a map of our city even if off the mark. Good post!!

  6. Shamsi (shamsi) on April 21st, 2008 @ 2:02 pm

    The Nazims & The TMOs have done a great JOB of re-surveying the areas on their own.

    SOME people are working with them and soon CORRECT digital maps of Karachi will emerge. For incorporation in Car Navigators and GPS units.

    Survey of Pakistan being the MOST lethargic Govt Organization to mention herewith, is least concerned with the Survey updates and digitizing the Pakistan. (though it is managed and run under Ministry of Defence) –

    Like seskey said which i support 90% of the above map is wrong. for example.

    Jehangir road starts from junction of Business Recorder & M.A Jinnah road and ENDs at S.M Toufeeq road bridge enterance known as Teen Hatti, SMT ends at landing of Liaquat abad bridge which is known as Shahrae Pakistan upto Zero Point at Al-Asif Square from that place onwards it is called Super highway.

    I would appreciate correction to my observations without any insults,

    Knowledge shared must be correct or shall not be shared at all, or it will be — like chay-mistry instead of Chemistry, and she-matic instead of Schematic,,,, in Private universities of Pakistan.

  7. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on April 21st, 2008 @ 5:10 pm

    The Nazims & The TMOs have done a great JOB of re-surveying the areas on their own.

    Shamsi, since you have Jugar every where in local towns offices and KDA offices, I would like know the outcome of that survey. When will we have an official digital map?

  8. Shamsi (shamsi) on April 22nd, 2008 @ 11:38 am

    Maps on paper can be purcahsed from the Town offices. Digitizing…. Survey of Pakistan will release it officially, warna sab thumbo ho jai gai.

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