Inspired by a Jeddah Corniche, Karachi’s sea view to get a new face-lift!
The Sindh provincial government says Karachi's modernization and beautification are part of a major goal to fortify Pakistan's largest city.
Inspired by a Jeddah project, a municipal agency in Karachi plans to turn a coastal area into a recreational area, which will be open and free to the public.
In April last year, representatives of the Cantonment Board Clifton (CBC) explored the Jeddah Waterfront resort project, part of the Jeddah Corniche, a 30-km coastal resort area along the Red Sea.
They carried consultations with Jeddah’s authorities to transform Karachi’s 2.83-km-long Sea View area into a more pleasant space, where visitors could enjoy modern facilities.
“There will be no walls. It will be an entirely open space, accessible to all,” CBC spokesperson Amir Ali told Arab News, adding that entry will be free of charge.
“The beach we have presently doesn’t offer much to visitors from across Pakistan or abroad. CBC authorities realized we should have the finest beach, complete with all required facilities.”
He added: “This is a non-commercial project constructed with restricted resources, yet it will offer maximum recreation.”
The Sindh provincial government says Karachi’s modernization and beautification are part of a major goal to fortify Pakistan’s largest city and economic powerhouse, long plagued by rampant crime, poor road infrastructure and transport, water and electricity shortages, and traffic congestion.
Yet politicking by local parties and wrangling amongst the different government levels have long stalled Karachi’s growth for decades and has contributed to holding back development.
Considering this, the resort project, called “Beautification of the Clifton Beach,” will not be easy.
The project comprises two significant parts.
One will initiate at the Nishan-e-Pakistan monument and end at the Chunky Monkey amusement park. It will have a jogging track, a walkway, a green place, seven restaurants constructed from wooden materials, four public conveniences, and two emergency first-aid rooms.
The second part, starting at Chunky Monkey, will end at Village restaurants. It will have a yoga place, stalls, a food court, three watchtowers, parks, a garden, a reading area, a playground for kids, prayer facilities, and a beach deck.
As per CBC, the project is environmentally friendly and has received a certificate from the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).
“The project was organized to keep in mind environmental aspects so that no high rise construction will be included,” CBC’s Ali said, adding that 70% of the area will be green, enveloped with grass, mangroves and miswak trees, with the vegetation serving as a barrier between the main road and the beach. It will also help block the sand from entering residential areas.
“Over the past decade, many nations in the world, including Saudi Arabia, have developed their beaches and turned them into fine recreational spots,” he said. “We are also planning to do the same.”
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