STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2020
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population to hit 27.5 million in 2020
July 9: The population of Karachi, which currently stands at 16 million,
will hit 27.5 million in 2020 and will double to 32 million by 2025,
estimates the city government’s final draft report on the Karachi
Strategic Master Plan (KSMP) 2020.
Interestingly, more than 94 per cent of the projected increase in population
is to occur in three of the city’s 18 towns, namely Keamari, Gadap and Bin
Qasim towns, because of the city government’s perception the most future
development will take place on the current outskirts of the city such as the
southern part of Gadap town and the north-eastern section of Bin Qasim town.
Well-places sources in the city government told Dawn that the KSMP-2020
proposes phase-wise development over the next 13 years to cater to the
citizenry’s growing needs. The plan, which will soon be made public, has
been designed as a guide for all infrastructure development plans in the
service sectors, such as solid waste disposal, telecommunications,
transport, water, sewerage, electricity and gas provision facilities.
The KSMP-2020 states that the 1998 census reported 9,960,000 residents in
Karachi. However, it was widely accepted that the 1998 census undercounted
by between one to two million the residents of katchi abadis and migrants,
particularly those from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. Analysing different
scenarios, the Karachi Strategic Development Plan 2020 estimates that
1,375,000 people were not counted and therefore, the true 1998 population
stood at 11,335,000.
KSMP-2020 states that the city’s growth rate has been in steady decline
since the 1950s while United Nations’ population figures record that the
annual growth rate fell from 5.85 per cent in 1950 to 4.92 per cent in 1970
and 3.39 per cent in 1990.
The report prepared by the city government estimates that the natural annual
growth rate is probably close to 3.5 in Karachi currently, but notes that
the conflict in Afghanistan has pushed more refugees into the city and
raised the population to 15.12 million in 2005. The KSMP-2020 holds that
this trend has continued into 2007 but will slowly decline in the future.
Estimated population in 2020
/ Localities Population Estimated in 2005 population 2020
town 709.944 Little change
town 583,640 1,923,912
Town 439,675 8,245,312
Qasim town 480,854 2,153,552
town 616,722 727,732
town 1,098,859 1,219,734
town 923,176 969,335
town 1,114,235 1,225,658
town 949,351 1,120,235
Faisal town 509,915 535,411
town 1,012,319 1,063,010
town 829,813 912,795
Nazimabad town 753,423 873,971
Karachi town 1,038,865 1,184,306
town 688,580 723,009
town 985,581 1,034,860
town 604,763 695,478
areas 464,882 618,178
Housing Authority (DHA) 379,601 102,000
Source: Karachi Strategic Master Plan 2020
Azizullah Sharif, Dawn-19, 10/07/2007)
Plan 2020 modified
to certain technical problems, the Karachi Strategic Development Plan (KSDP)
2020, formerly known as Master Plan 2020, will not be presented before the
City Council for approval in the near future.
sources told The News that now Pakistan Survey has also been inducted in the
KSDP and has been asked to provide details of house hold units whereas the
earlier plan only dealt with households.
Sources said that now each and every house including ‘katcha’ huts will
be counted.The Master Plan department has invited proposals from civic
experts of Karachi and they were also given the draft to study. Sources
claim it had become essential to take these experts into confidence.
The Master Plan department of City District Government Karachi (CDGK) has
held two meetings with these experts. However, City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal
had termed them “enemies of Karachi”.
asked at a press conference why these experts had been invited, the Nazim
said this was on account of technical reasons. On being asked why these
people were consulted in KSDP, Kamal said he did not know but would consult
the department in this regard.
plan sets mode of uplift up to 2020
July 22: Development work in the city will be undertaken in three phases
under the city government’s Karachi Strategic Master Plan (KSMP) 2020,
which will be made public after its formal approval by the city council.
Well-placed sources in the CDGK told Dawn that land use maps, identifying
sites for development projects in each of the phases, would be released for
the information of the general public and the organisations concerned.
Giving details of the planning, they referred to the relevant section of the
KSMP-2020 stating that in the first phase spanning over four years (2007 to
2010) development work would carried out along the eastern half of the
Northern Bypass which included Taiser Town, Scheme-33. Construction of a
transport and trade centre at the intersection of the RCD Highway and the
Northern Bypass would also be undertaken in the same phase.
In the second phase stretched over five years (2011-2015) a government
offices complex would be constructed on Super Highway. Additional
residential blocks and a town centre in the western half of the Northern
Bypass, and an Information Communications Technology (ICT) Centre would also
be part of the development work in this phase.
In the final phase spanning over five years (2016-2020) focus would be on
completing the ICT Centre and the adjacent housing schemes.
The Master Plan refers to the urban land management with observation that
many residential subdivisions have not been built out (a little number of
housing schemes has materialised), primarily because of speculations. Since
this phenomenon greatly undermines the efficiency of urban infrastructure
investments, water and sewerage trunk mains must extend to new sites whereas
system capacity should be upgraded to accommodate additional population, it
a view to ensure that houses are built and people lived there, and also to
promote consolidation of housing plans, ‘sunset clauses’ will be added
to lease contracts for selected land development projects, especially those
meant for the low-income groups. The clauses will make it mandatory upon the
owner of a piece of land to maintain a justifiable pace of construction work
within three years after getting possession of the property failing which he
might lose his right to keep the property with him. The proposed KSMP also
states that in such a case, the right will revert to the developing party,
which would refund the defaulting owner’s payment.
Building control laws
out that the building controls set out under the Sindh Building Control
Ordinance, 1979 are not applied to federal agencies and their lands, the
KMSP suggests that the relevant laws be amended to ensure application of the
building controls to all structures in the city district limits,
irrespective of the owning agency.
Underscoring the need for introducing changes in the development code, the
KSMP says this will help the CDGK get necessary powers to regulate the
development activity pertaining to various types of mixed use, mid-rise and
high-rise constructions foreseen in the strategic development plan.
KSMP also proposes that the Karachi Building and Town Planning Regulations
(KB&TPR) 2002 be revised to establish a two-tier development control
process. First, special development authorities with specific geographical
jurisdictions will review and provide preliminary approval of proposed
development projects. Then applications will be submitted to the CDGK for
final approval. In this way, special authorities will participate in
regulating the development of their areas while the CDGK will maintain its
position as the final arbiter of development control decisions.
that the existing five categories mentioned in the KB&TPR-2000 are not
sufficiently articulated to enable the types of development foreseen by the
KSMP-2020, the master plan says that firstly, land-use need to be regulated
on a zone-by-zone basis. This is not to say that zones should include only
one land; rather, most zones should be mixed use, and in many cases the
predominant use should be identified and the land-use defined and
represented on the city’s land-use map.
Moreover, height regulations need to be more specific, providing minimum and
maximum values in measurement and number of stories in order to facilitate
mid-rise development in the high-density areas and along major arterial and
some secondary roads.
that high-rise development needs to be undertaken only in a few selected
locations where water and sewerage pipelines are upgraded, it says that
high-rise development will be prohibited in other areas.
overhead large tanks to serve the community would be mandatory for any
scheme or high-rise development to ensure 24/7 hours (24 hours a day and
seven days a week) and water supply with normal pressure.
Azizullah Sharif, Dawn-13, 23/07/2007)
Development Plan, not Master Plan’
architect and town planner, Arif Hassan, has named the Master Plan 2020 as
the ‘Strategic Development Plan,’ saying that it is no more a master
plan. He was addressing a seminar on Master Plan 2020 at the Urban Resource
Talking about recent trends, Hasan said that very few cities in the world
make master plans now. “The reason is that some cities change so fast that
the plan does not match its wide spreading factor. The master plan then does
not meet its requirements.” Listing the weaknesses of the Karachi Master
Plan 2020, he said that transport, traffic planning, and land use had not
been integrated. Moreover, the plan shows investment in an expensive light
rail project which had already been proved inappropriate for the city.
Hassan said that the success of a plan depended on institutions. “Here
also, a planning institution is needed which is autonomous and free from
interference,” he said, adding that there was dire need for research,
consultation, accommodation and appropriate decisions by politicians.
Implementation agencies should be made accountable and transparent. “Any
project should be advertised before its execution and citizens should be
given the chance to participate,” he said. Management agencies are also
needed that could work at a decentralised level and coordination amongst all
of the above was necessary.
“It is actually transport that gave shape to a city and determined its
land use,” he said, adding that the government had failed to persuade
people to use public transport. According to Hassan, the plan has all the
right principles of development except the DHA Beachfront Development, the
Sugar Land City, and the development of Bundal and Biddu Islands.
plan, GIS map to be synchronised
Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal has decided to synchronise the Karachi Master Plan
with a GIS (Geographical Information System) Map-2025, which will also chart
utility services provided by the Karachi Water & Sewerage Board. He also
instructed for the existing population and the proportion of increase in the
population to be included in the ìJICAî study.
These documents, he said, were not meant merely to be put on the shelf but
to be implemented as all plans for Karachi would be based on these figures.
stated this during a briefing by JICA regarding GIS Map-2025 at the KWSB
office on Friday.
The JICA team, while briefing those present about the GIS map for Karachi,
said that the required study in this connection would be completed by March
The Nazim said that the GIS map should include all maps of water &
sewerage lines with details of their location, their length and diameter,
the material used in their manufacturing and the date of their laying so
that its exact age could be ascertained and the pipelines could be replaced
with new ones without waiting for their expiry date.
also felt the that the GIS map should contain information regarding other
utility installations, besides suggesting that the newly-laid trunk lines
should be given different colour to set them apart from old ones.
He noted that a lot of city areas have still not been covered by the water
board network. Even the KWSB itself did not have any information about water
supply in 60 percent of the areas because the board was not receiving all
the water bills. However, the GIS map would provide a complete picture of
underground lines following which these areas would also be included in the
Water Board network, he added.
The Nazim said that the board could only achieve this goal by bringing
improvement in the water distribution system and for this purpose uplift
works worth Rs17 billion were being carried out in different areas of the
to be presented to City Council soon
Karachi Strategic Development Plan (KSDP)-2020, formerly known as the Master
Plan-2020, will be presented to the city council within a week for approval.
The KSDP complete draft has been presented to City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal
by the Master Plan department which is looking into it for making some
alterations in the definition of certain wordings.
Officials sources said that once the KSDP is finalized, it will be presented
for approval. Mustafa Kamal, talking to The News, confirmed this, saying
that, “Yes, the KSDP has been presented to me by the Master Plan
department and I am looking into it.”
In this plan, future residential needs had been considered, Mustafa said. In
addition to this, the Pakistan survey has also been asked to submit a
complete survey of housing units in the Karachi area. The citizens concerned
with civic issues in the city are keenly waiting for KSDP-2020 to be
unveiled so that development of the city could be carried out along modern
lines. Stakeholders of the city like Sui southern gas, PTCL, KPT and others
have been taken into confidence in preparation of KSDP 2020.
Hassan comes to the rescue with a new city master plan
Veteran town planner Arif Hassan of the Urban Resource Centre has in
collaboration with other experts come up with a new plan for the development
of Karachi which was presented Thursday.
Hassan started off with his presentation of all the plans which have so far
been taken up by the government since the foundation of Pakistan to develop
its rural and urban areas. “The new plan has been named the Karachi
Strategic Development Plan and traces its roots to the initial 1955 Master
Plan,” he said.
There were plans aided by the UN that were never completed due to major
According to the original plan, the city’s basic transport was supposed to
be railways but due to the student riots at the time of General Ayub Khan’s
time, the plan did not work. The Karachi Master Plan of 1975-1985 under
Yahya Khan stopped working due to poor managerial skills on behalf of the
government. Hassan explained, however, that the bulk water supply and road
network plans from the KMP continued to work as they had been well planned.
“There are strengths and weaknesses in this plan as well, the strengths
being consultation which was made with top-notch architects and planners
with a detailed study of the geographical structure of the city,” he said.
The plan has also accommodated areas where there is less economic activity
but which can be developed.
Hassan clarified that since this plan was the result of just six months’
planning and research, it lacked a background study in certain areas. There
is also a mass transit scheme under consideration which is necessary for the
trade and social economic welfare of the city, along with an alternative
site for the Karachi airport.
feel that there is a need for more detail and planning for the housing
schemes where appropriate accommodation and compensation should be
undertaken with a simple database that will enable the government to keep
records and avoid unnecessary issues arising from the unfair distribution of
the whole, Hassan said that he felt this plan would work well if undertaken
in an organized manner, “as long as everything is done on schedule and
resources are used wisely there is no reason that we will not have a new
Karachi within a couple of years”.
Master Plan 2020
15 GIS town maps completed as plan constantly delayed
KARACHI: The City Council was supposed to finalise the Karachi Master Plan (KMP)
2020 last month but still hasn’t and neither have the Geographical
Information System (GIS)-based digital maps of Karachi (up to town level),
which were supposed to be ready this month, been prepared, Daily Times
Sources in the Master Plan Group of Office said that Japan International
Corporation Agency was awarded the contract for preparing the city’s GIS
maps but only 15 town maps had been finalised so far and the task could take
another two months to complete.
Syed Absarul Hassan, chairman of the City District Government Karachi’s (CDGK)
Master Plan Committee, told Daily Times that he had no idea about the
progress on the GIS maps or the KMP document.
District Officer Hafiz Muhammad Javed confirmed the delay but did not give
any specific reason. “We have limited information on this,” he said. To
a question, he said that it hadn’t been decided exactly who would benefit
from these maps yet but they would definitely be used by utility service
providers. Javed, who is also the project manager of the KMP 2020 had
limited information on the status of the documents, which were supposed to
be presented in the City Council last month, after already having delayed by
City Nazim Mustafa Kamal, during a press conference in November 2006,
announced that the KMP 2020 would be finalised in December and later said
that it would be finalised in August.
month, the city nazim was given the final draft of KMP 2020. He sent it back
to the Master Plan Group of Office two weeks ago with his comments. The
document will be finalized soon,” Javed said.
Daily Times tried to contact EDO Master Plan, Iftikhar Qaimkhani, but he was
There have been five master plans prepared in the past, two of which were
prepared before partition. In 1923, a report on the development of Karachi
was prepared by AE Mirams, a consulting town planner and surveyor. The
Karachi Physical Plan was prepared by a British surveyor, Lt Col. Swaine
Thomas, in 1945. The other three were prepared in 1952, 1974 and 1991.
Jamil Khan, DailyTimes-B1, 25/09/2007)
Plan 2020 delayed
Karachi Strategic Development Plan 2020 (Master Plan 2020) preparation has
been temporarily put off due to some technical flaws and it is likely that
there will be further delays in presenting it to the city council for
Reliable sources told The News that city civic experts have given some
suggestions and recommendations about development plans, particularly for
the utility services underground. It may be noted that earlier, these civic
experts were not invited by the EDO Master Plan, but now several meetings
have been held to get their suggestions and approval despite the fact that
the City Nazim, Syed Mustafa Kamal, never approved this meeting of experts.
The EDO Master Plan, Iftikhar Kaim Khani, when contacted by The News to give
comments, was not available at his office or on phone.
In the Master Plan, town-wise maps and charts have been prepared and land
use by each town has also been compiled. The EDO said that at the moment, it
is an interim document and can be presented even today but a little delay
will bring out a much more useful document.
The Master Plan is a guiding tool for Karachi as the city has grown both
horizontally and longitudinally, sources said. This is the sixth Master Plan
of the city. The first was prepared in 1923, second in 1945, third in 1952,
fourth in 1994 for 1999, fifth in 2000. The sixth plan for 2020 will be
prepared in December this year for 2020 but the City District Government
Karachi (CDGK) does not seem to be prepared for it.
Meanwhile, the city government sources dealing with the Master Plan said
that the cantonment boards have been indirectly included in the Master Plan.
The report of the 12 technical committees is not available.
sources also said that seminars will be held and the media and public will
be taken into confidence so that they can also own this document. Replying
to a question, a source said that the total cost of the project is Rs57
million and Kamal is very closely monitoring the project. The city nazim is
keen on seeing this project being complete in record time.
Sources said that so far, a consultant consortium of three firms has been
paid seven to eight per cent money. The consortium includes ECIL, PADCO and
a chartered accountant firm
About 30 per cent of the land use survey has been completed, based on a map
prepared by the local consultant using Satellite imagery.
The managing director of the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) has been
contacted, who has a digital map of his company and has been provided all
the details in this regard. The city nazim said that as the SSGC have the
facility of digital and graphics maps and drawings, he has also agreed to
help the CDGK in this connection.
said that the Master Plan 2020 has to be approved by the city council and
Kamal has already said that it will be sent for the approval very soon. If
this Master Plan is prepared in December, then its period of completion will
be more than one year.
Fasahat Mohiuddin, The News-19, 29/09/2007)
Plan ready at last
Master Plan 2020, now known as the Karachi Strategic Development Plan 2020 (KSDP
2020) has been finally prepared which suggests that Karachi should expanded
vertically while horizontal expansion should discouraged.
Sources told The News that the stake holders have expressed their
reservations but the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) has started
preparations to present this document in the city council for approval.
The KSDP 2020 final booklet comprises 135 pages and three of its chapters
are being translated in Urdu. Copies of the Master Plan 2020 were sent to
the stake holders for approval also. Thereafter, the stake holders expressed
their reservations but the CDGK has claimed that the control of land will
remain in the possession of stake holders and municipal services will be
maintained by the former.
city government has in its findings suggested that the city should be
expanded vertically followed by high-rise buildings and horizontal expansion
should be stopped as it could increase the cost of maintenance as well as
Sources said the Master Plan 2020 documents the fact that there will be a
manifold increase in Karachi by 2020, that is, 270 million and at present,
the city needs 600MGD water. By 2020, this will go up to 1200 MGD.
The Master Plan 2020 preparation was started by a private consultancy in
October 2005 and the cost of preparation of the document has come to about
Rs57 million. Final copies have been sent the president and prime minister
secretariat as well as other top authorities in the military.
In this Master Plan, town-wise maps and charts have been prepared and land
use by each town has also been compiled.
history of Mater Plan of Karachi shows that this is the sixth Master Plan of
the city. The first of its kind was prepared in 1923, second in 1945, third
in 1952, fourth in 1994 and fifth in 2000.
In Karachi, a majority of the houses have been converted into commercial
areas which is what the current KSDP also aims to reveal. Sources said that
it has been quite a while residential schemes have been announced for
citizens, mainly because of rampant commercialisation.
The City Nazim, Syed Mustafa Kamal, claims this document will could provide
different plans for the city along with the ways in which they can be
Fasahat Mohiuddin, The News-19, 23/10/2007)
proposes site for new Int’l airport
Karachi Strategic Development Plan 2020 (KSDP-2020) has suggested for an
additional site for the Karachi International Airport. Karachi, at present,
has only the Quaid-e-Azam International Airport which, in the future, would
be unable to cope with the increasing population of the city. According to
the present statistics, Karachi has a population ofclose to 20 million.
KSDP-2020 has proposed an additional site for the new international airport
in Deh Narathar or Deh Shah Mureed for future use which is adjacent to the
The KSDP also suggested a change-over to vertical growth to the city’s
planning which could be good for the city and it would help in minimising
the cost of the land.
Sources in the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) Master Plan
Department said high-rise buildings did not need more space and you could go
up with minimum land, while going for horizontal growth more land is
vertical growth will give room for more open spaces in Karachi which is the
need of the hour. All over the world in international cities, they prefer
The vertical growth to the citizens will provide housing free of noise
pollution. An expert said the more higher you go the less was the noise
pollution as well as environmental pollution.
Replying to a question the sources said that these vertical growth high-rise
buildings would require elevators and lifts, parking lots, more electricity
said Karachi city already had a shortage of water. He suggested that the
city planners should look for desalination plants and these are of minimum
costs and available all over the world.
will overcome the water shortage followed by the power generation of the
Sources said huge buildings did not have much load of electricity and the
lifts or elevators did not require huge load, so they could be easily
The Master Plan has suggested that vertical development shall be encouraged
in specific areas, densification of existing towns shall be promoted.
According to KSDP-2020 Mid—Rise development shall be promoted along
existing corridors, and within the towns through local area plans with due
regard to future traffic patterns, parking and utility needs.
The KSDP-2020 has also proposed densification and vertical development of
existing residential areas.
proposed that in the existing neighbourhoods where the buildings are limited
to ground plus one building heights should be increased to ground plus two
and accordingly infrastructure should be upgraded to meet the needs of
bigger population in the existing neighbourhoods.
Answering a question the sources said consultants, engineers and architect
planners of the city have to give all their inputs so that vertical growth
is encouraged as a large number of people would oppose this idea.
citizens of the city need a lot of education and awareness about the
days he said cost of land was beyond the reach of common man, but once the
high-rise buildings were ensured they would reduce the cost of land. More
open spaces would be available in the city.
A civil engineer when asked about the vertical growth, he said such planning
should have been done ten years back. Today Karachi would have more open
spaces, as the city horizontal growth has been done in a haphazard manner.
This haphazard growth has lost the beauty of the city.
Fasahat Mohiuddin, The News-14, 09/11/2007)
Strategic Development Plan 2020
master plan still awaits legal status
KARACHI: Karachi Strategic Development Plan 2020 (KSDP-2020), the master
plan for the city, is still being reviewed as neither the officials of the
Master Plan department of the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) nor
the Master Plan committee of the City Council has given any assurance of
finalizing the date when the document would have legal status, Daily Times
Sources in the CDGK’s Master Plan Group of Offices told Daily Times that
there are still a number of processes left before the draft can be
considered a legal document. “The department had finalized the draft
version of the master plan some three months ago. City Nazim Mustafa Kamal
had also reviewed it and pointed out some more points that have been
incorporated,” sources said.
Hafiz Muhammad Javed, project director of KSDP-2020 has confirmed the
lengthy process but did not divulge any details. “Before presenting it in
the City Council, the city government has sent the draft to a group of
senior professors at the University of Karachi for translation. The
professors will translate some of the chapters out of the 208-page document
to facilitate the general public,” he said.
He also mentioned that besides this, a committee of City Council members
will be formed to review the final version before putting it in the council
to obtain a legal status under Section 40 of the Sindh Local Government
Ordinance 2001. “The KSDP-2020 will provide an ‘umbrella’ framework
for the development plans of agencies, and federal, provincial and local
stakeholders in the metropolis,” he said.
Karachi’s land planning and municipal control is fragmented into about
twenty federal, provincial and local agencies with overlapping powers and
functions and a lack of coordination. According to the draft master plan,
the agencies include six cantonment boards, the Port Qasim Authority,
Karachi Port Trust, Defence Housing Authority, Pakistan Steel, Pakistan
Railways, Export Processing Zone, Sindh Industrial Trading Estate,
provincial government, city government, Lyari Development Authority, Malir
Development Authority, cooperative housing societies and private owners.
Jamil Khan, DailyTimes-B1, 12/11/2007)
Master Plan will rescue the city from haphazard development
Nazim Mustafa Kamal informed The News that the comprehensive Master Plan,
which will direct, manage and regulate the development of the city, will be
approved by the City Council in the next few days.
The Master Plan is given a lot of importance by Kamal, who believes that the
Pakistan’s largest city needs to have a streamlined development programme
because it cannot afford to continue being subjected to “haphazard
development.” He felt that a lack of planning and synchronisation had
marked the development efforts over the past six decades in Karachi — a
problem that can be addressed by an overarching design in the form of the
There are however, still many hurdles. Considering that the City District
Government of Karachi (CDGK) has only 31 per cent of the city’s area in
its jurisdiction, Kamal admitted that he often finds it difficult to cope
with the indifferent attitude of the authorities in other jurisdictions in
regard to his efforts, but was quick to add that such an unresponsive
stance, while frustrating, does not discourage him from proceeding with his
work with utmost enthusiasm.
arrogance of the officials is not hidden from the media,” says Kamal
elaborating his point using the example of the recent rain and wind storm
during which many lives were lost due to falling billboards. “The
authorities refused to take responsibility and those hoardings are back now
but there is no one to question them. The CDGK, on the contrary, has
succeeded in removing 34,000 hoardings from the vicinity of the Civic Centre
alone,” he claims.
In the end, the city, he says, is in a dilapidated condition chiefly due to
its division into 13 jurisdictions, with different controlling authorities,
which, he feels, is hindering the planning of forthcoming development
projects in Karachi. He adds that he isn’t the only one who harbours this
sentiment. “Even the Supreme Court has given a verdict that multiple
agencies cannot govern a single city because it becomes difficult to cope
with natural calamities.” He further stressed that people need to
understand the problems encountered at his end, “before laying the blame
or pointing a finger at the CDGK for violation of any law in the city.”
The city Nazim cited the lack of planning before implementation as one of
the biggest challenges in infrastructural development, which is why several
development projects are being delayed. “In the past, development projects
proceeded without any planning and the civilians suffered as a consequence.”
Kamal, however, says he doesn’t work that way. He confidently adds that he
is working towards giving a comprehensive, ‘end-to-end’ solution for
Karachiites. Projects such as flyovers and underpasses will be completed by
the end of this year, as he had promised, he maintains. “Flyovers at
Banaras Chowrangi, Johar Chowrangi, Gulshan Chowrangi, Nagin Chowrangi are
near completion and the second signal-free corridor would also be completed
by December 31.”
On being questioned if he was let down by the present negative image of the
city, which has made an unwelcome comeback after the twin blasts on October
18, his response was that he didn’t let political turmoil affect the pace
of his development work. In fact, he quips with a confident smile, “The
more they try to target this city, the faster will be my pace of
development. That is how I cope with the situation.”
Plan unveiled, Opp wants more time
KARACHI: The city government’s Karachi Strategic Development Plan 2020 was
presented in the city council Friday but the Opposition demanded that no
decision should be made until the general elections take place so they had
more time to study it.
“This is not a minor issue that can be completed in one or two sessions
and approved in a hasty manner,” argued Opposition leader Saeed Ghani. “The
House should be given suitable time as well as a complete draft of the
master plan to read thoroughly so they can present their suggestions.”
Friday’s session was presided over by City Naib Nazim Nasreen Jalil at the
City Council Secretariat with the one-point agenda to debate the master plan
prepared by the Master Plan Group of Offices.
Ghani argued that the plan took almost 18 to 24 months to prepare and if it
were delayed for another one month it would be no big deal and no work would
A critical Abdul Razzaq said that the Master Plan was presented in such a
hurried matter just as a tactic to have an impact on the vote bank as the
elections are around the corner. But despite these reservations, the
convenor given her assent for the proceedings to start.
The EDO Master Plan Group of Offices, Iftikhar Qaimkhani gave a multimedia
presentation that lasted almost one hour. He highlighted the new proposals
and plans to be carried out during the next 13 years. He covered transport,
health, education, the central business district, a new diplomatic enclave,
a new airport site, sites for two graveyards, water and sewerage, garbage
transfer stations, recreational facilities on land from the provincial and
federal government agencies.
Later, with the convenor’s permission, members from both benches asked
questions. Mujahid Ahmed Jokhio, Nazim UC-2 Darsano of Gadap Town, had
objected that the city government had not consulted the people of his union
councils as most of the new proposals, including Education City, will be
carried out in their areas. “The Government of Sindh initiated Education
City in 2001 to allotted 9,000 acres to different organizations but the
local people were completely ignored and no one has been given a job.”
He said that the entire Darsano area consists of agricultural land and
people living there for the last 450 years still didn’t have civic
facilities but now the right to jobs in their own area was being threatened.
On this, EDO Iftikhar clarified that the provincial government had no hand
Jalil asked members to present joint suggestions rather than bring up issues
separately. Muhammad Islam, another member from the Opposition benches, was
critical of the city government’s plan for the rural areas of Landhi, Bin
Qasim, Dhabiji and adjacent areas.
Abdul Jalil of the Treasury benches appreciated the effort. “This is the
fifth master plan of the city since 1923 and will become a legal document
under the protection of the Sindh Local Government Ordinance 2001,” he
Saeed Ghani had asked about the status of the master plan and if other
stakeholders of the city had approved it as most of the proposals and
suggestions in it were to be carried out in their jurisdictions. The EDO
Master Plan highlighted the judgment of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in
September 2007 directing all stakeholders in the city to act upon the city
government’s master plan. “A committee had also been formed to identify
the civilian localities under the cantonment areas which will be given to
the city government,” he said.
The session was adjourned till Saturday 3:00 p.m.
Jamil Khan, DailyTimes-B1, 08/12/2007)
Council continues debate on KSDP-2020
benches propose various additions
members of the City-District Council on Saturday continued their debate on
the proposed Karachi Strategic Development Plan (KSDP)-2020, the treasury
members, who otherwise welcomed presentation of plan, pointed out on various
occasions the document lacked proper provisions for housing important public
utilities in the city.
With the opposition members walking out from the session in protest
complaining that the house members were not given in advance the complete
document of the strategic development plan, the treasury benches tabled
suggestions and resolutions for creating provisions for cattle farms, fire
brigade stations, vendors in the city.
The city Naib-Nazim, Nasreen Jalil, who chaired the session, also spoke
about her suggestions regarding the plan, which mainly emphasised preserving
historical sites, cultural heritage, natural resources and habitats, and
marine life of the city.
Asif Siddiqui, the leader of Haq Parast treasury group, told newsmen after
the session that, according to a resolution earlier adopted by the council,
suggestions of the council members regarding prospective amendments and
improvement in the KSDP-2020 would be entertained and processed even after
the house accorded a formal approval to the plan.
said that improvement and reformation in the KDSP was an ongoing process as
the council would work virtually for an indefinite time period for
incorporating suggestions and resolutions of the members regarding the plan.
Towards adjournment of the session till Monday (December 10), Jalil
announced in the house that the council, through the concerned offices of
the CDGK, had received some copies of the detailed KDSP-2020 document and
they would be distributed among council members so that they could undertake
a detailed group study of the plan.
Siddiqui also criticised the opposition for boycotting proceedings debating
the KSDP, which, he said, is vital for future development, progress, and
growth of the city. He said that under the true democratic norms the
opposition should duly take part in the proceedings and in the best interest
of Karachiites should also forward their suggestions for the betterment of
the development plan.
Several treasury members during their speeches in the house praised the Haq
Parast-led leadership of the CDGK for preparing and presenting a document,
which, they said, would serve as a master plan and blueprint for rapid
growth and development of the city over the next decade.
A resolution adopted by the council, proposed by treasury member Ahsan
Siddiqui, called for designating land for building and housing fire brigade
stations in the city till the year 2020 keeping in view the phenomenal
growth of the population of Karachi. It says that fire brigade stations
should be built in every town and in important residential, commercial, and
industrial areas of the metropolis.
Other resolutions adopted pertained to suggestions for creating provisions
for developing cattle farms, dairy farms, morgues, cardiovascular diseases’
centres, vocational and training centres for special persons, and special
zones for accommodating hawkers and vendors in various towns of the city.
These suggestions, contained in various treasury-proposed resolutions, would
accordingly be incorporated into the KDSP, announced the council chair Jalil,
adding that other suggestions of the house members, after due scrutiny and
review of the council monitoring committee concerned, would also be
materialised into various resolutions so that they could also be approved
for making them a part of the development plan.
were not consulted about the KDSP: City Council opposition
Council opposition members blamed the City Government on Monday for not
consulting with union council leadership in the city while preparing the
Karachi Strategic Development Plan (KSDP)-2020.
City Naib Nazim Nsreen Jalil chaired the council session, where the CDGK
Executive District Officer (EDO) Master Plan Iftikhar Qaimkhani was again
present to answer queries about the KSDP put forward by the council members.
The session witnessed limited proceedings as it had to be adjourned twice,
mainly to fulfill the mandatory quorum requirement. The quorum issue
resurfaced in the house after last Saturday’s session and in a way it
showed the general indifference of the council members towards debate and
discussion on the KDSP, which was presented before the council for approval
on December 10.
The house, however, through a majority vote was able to pass two motions
pertaining to the KSDP. One motion was related to the scheme of promoting
cultural tourism and the other resolution was for creating sports facilities
in the city. These schemes will now be incorporated into the proposed
Contrary to the established traditions of the council, however, the contents
of the two resolutions were not read out loudly in the house and the chair
only referred to their central ideas before she invited the council members
to vote on the.
opposition members decried the passage of the resolutions in question in a
virtual hush-hush manner. They said that the resolutions should be presented
properly and debated upon in the house because they pertained to amendments
to the KDSP document.
Ramazan Awan from the opposition benches asked the EDO master plan about
whether UC nazims were invited to any deliberations, workshops, or
programmes which had been convened over the past years to prepare the KSDP.
The EDO replied that a KDSP consultant had sent a questionnaire to UC nazims
and has asked them to respond to it in order to gather feedback for the KDSP.
Opposition members claimed, however, that no such questionnaires had been
sent to them.
Shamim Mumtaz Wasi from the opposition emphasised that special workshop
sessions should be held, and CDGK officials, senior town planners and urban
development experts should brief the council members about the pros and cons
of the KSDP.
Qaimkhani, in response to a question raised by a member of the opposition,
said that the issue of revamping drainage and sewerage systems in the city
had been dealt with in detail in the KDSP document and a proposed S-3
programme for the renewal of sewerage and drainage systems in the city was
an important aspect of the development plan.
Meanwhile, some opposition members also complained that certain
representatives of the local body system in the city were not being given
the amount of honorarium that had been duly fixed and approved by the
Towards adjournment of the session, convenor Nasreen Jalil announced copies
of the complete KDSP documents would be distributed among city council
members before the session is convened next. Members can then study the
document in detail and put forward their proposals for the improvement of
Asif Siddiqui, leader of the Haq Parast treasury group, informed journalists
after the session that they had devised a strategy according to which
council members would get ample time to study the complete KDSP document
prior to the next session, which incidentally, is today.
was Opp left out of Master Plan preparation?’
KARACHI: Opposition members in the session continued the debate over the
Karachi Strategic Development Plan 2020 (KSDP-2020), also known as Master
Plan 2020, and complained that they were not taken into confidence during
the two-year preparation of the document.
Opposition members raised this point in the session chaired Monday by City
Naib Nazim Nasreen Jalil at the City Council Secretariat (Old KMC Building).
Ramzan Awam of the Opposition benches reiterated that the Master Plan Group
of Offices took almost two years and spent Rs 55 million to prepare the
document, but, not a single union council nazim was taken into confidence
during the preparation stage. “That is why the council members bring up
various suggestions and proposals to incorporate into the Plan,” he said.
Another member of the Opposition benches, Shamim Mumtaz Wasi, asked the
government to educate City Council members by holding seminars and workshops
in which urban planning experts and renowned architects would participate
EDO Master Plan Group of Offices Iftikhar Qaimkhani informed the House that,
during the preparation of this document, there were experts on their board
and their thorough expertise has been incorporated in the document.
Earlier, as the proceedings started, Convener Nasreen Jalil suspended the
session for 20 minutes to allow for the quorum to be met. After the break,
which lasted about 40 minutes, Saifuddin from the Opposition benches pointed
out the lack of training for city government fire brigade department
officials and demanded the firemen be given proper fire safety training and
all the necessary equipment.
Abdul Razzaq, another Opposition member, asked the EDO of the master plan
whether they had learned anything in the last two years as to improve the
overall storm and sewerage water network, especially in the old parts of the
The EDO said that the Master Plan has detailed information on this subject
as the city nazim had initiated a special programme to improve the overall
network and also appointed KBCA Chief Controller Rauf A. Farooqi as the
“Besides this, a new treatment plant under the S-3 Plan will be installed
in Korangi, and all existing storm and sewerage drains will be
interconnected with it to minimize problems,” he stated.
Later, after the Asr prayer break, the convener suddenly asked members to
vote on a “resolution,” which was never tabled in the form of resolution
but as a suggestion. The House approved the resolution by a majority vote
while Opposition members demanded the resolution be read in front of the
House as was usually done.
The resolution presented by the convener, as a member of the House,
requested the formation of a high-powered committee - the Cultural Karachi
Board - to take steps in preserving historical and urban structures, trees,
open spaces and protecting natural heritage and the city’s goths. It will
also promote the city as ‘Cultural Karachi’ for tourism, poverty
alleviation and improved quality of life.
The session will continue today (Tuesday) at 3:00 p.m. and the convener
announced that all City Council members will be given their own copy of the
Master Plan 2020 at the session.
Jamil Khan, DailyTimes-B1, 11/12/2007)
Master Plan to get rid of some goths
KARACHI: Opposition members termed the Master Plan 2020 (also known as the
Karachi Strategic Development Plan 2020 - KSDP2020) a conspiracy against the
people living in the hundreds of goths in Keamari, Gadap and Bin Qasim, as
they are being abolished in the name of development.
point, and more, was raised in the City Council session held Tuesday at the
City Council Secretariat. The session was chaired by Senior Presiding
Officer Ahsan Siddiqi in the absence of Convener Nasreen Jalil, who is off
During the session, which lasted only 25 minutes, the House was in total
disorder as the convener failed to maintain decorum and members from both
sides showed no respect for the convener.
Juman Darwan of the Opposition benches said that the city government has
started dismantling hundreds of goths located at the borders of the three
rural towns of Keamari, Gadap and Bin Qasim. It is a conspiracy against the
people living in these rural areas, he said.
As the proceedings started, Asif Siddiqi of the treasury benches, on a point
of order, said that copies of the KSDP2020 have arrived and asked Opposition
members to collect them.
Saeed Ghani, leader of the Awam Dost Group and Opposition benches, asked the
convener to give them enough time to read the document and present their
suggestions. The convener said that a copy of the KSDP2020 was available in
the City Council Secretariat but not a single member from the Opposition
benches came to read it in detail.
Sheikh Mehboob-ur-Rehman, another Opposition bench member, brought up the
firing incidents near Gakhar Pathak, showing a lack of law and order. “The
interim provincial government is responsible for spreading anarchy before
the forthcoming general elections to disturb the free polls,” he said. The
convener then asked members to only discuss a one-point agenda related to
Saeed Ghani, on a point of order, drew attention to the city government’s
“embezzlement” in allowing a private firm to construct a 14-floor
building on a plot reserved for Mass Transit Corridor III. “In the
presence of such irregularities, how will the KSDP2020 be implemented?” he
Treasury members got aggravated when Opposition member Abdul Razzaq said
that the members of the treasury benches are too busy displaying their party
In the resulting pandemonium, Opposition members insisted they be given at
least one month time to review the plan, but, the convener asked all members
to submit their suggestions before 12:00 p.m. Friday, as to finalize the
KSDP2020 in the next session to be held Saturday.
Later, during a press conference organized by the Opposition, Rafiq Ahmad
mentioned that the master plan copies distributed among the members were not
complete versions of the KSDP2020; they lack maps, figures and tables.
Opposition members claimed that the treasury members are deliberately making
the KSDP2020 a controversial document, and not allowing thorough consensus
even though it is one of the most important document for the future of
Jamil Khan, DailyTimes-B1, 12/12/2007)
underscores need for uniformity in city planning
Dec 13: The Karachi Strategic Development Plan 2020 (KSDP), which is
currently being debated by the City Council, recommends making the city
district government Karachi (CDGK) the apex planning institution with the
requisite legal authority to plan and control the development (ie zoning and
building control regulations) of all the land and buildings in the city
district, Dawn has learnt.
Emphasising the need to ensure that development activities follow set
standards, the KSDP-2020 also proposes that the uniform laws and procedures
being practiced by the CDGK be made mandatory for all civic agencies in the
city district limits, irrespective of physical boundaries.
In addition to the CDGK, there are currently seven umbrella institutions
that were delegated powers and responsibilities associated with the Karachi
Building and Town Planning Regulations (KB&TPR) 2002. These include all
the cantonment boards, the Karachi Port Trust, Pakistan Railways, the
federal government’s Ministry of Works, the Sindh Industrial Trading
Estate, the Sindh Katchi Abadis Authority and the Sindh Board of Revenue.
a view to making the CDGK the single agency for planning control and
municipal services, the KSDP-2020 recommends that all land-holding agencies
be placed under the municipal jurisdiction of the CDGK. This would give the
city district government authority in this regard over the Karachi Port
Trust, the Port Qasim Authority, Pakistan Steel, Pakistan Railways, the
Sindh Industrial Trading Estate, the Defence Housing Authority, the Malir
Development Authority and the Lyari Development Authority.
Furthermore, all the municipal infrastructural services in these areas would
become the responsibility of the relevant local government or the CDGK,
depending on the division of the responsibility for providing these
services. Consequently, adds the KSDP-2020, the respective local governments
will have the right to collect municipal taxes and fees in these areas.
rights not affected’
KSDP-2020 explains that: “This proposal does not mean eliminating the role
of the major land-holding agencies in the development or re-development of
the operational areas under their control.”
the land-holding agencies shall continue to plan the development of their
areas while remaining consistent with the physical development framework
defined under the KSDP-2020, they would need to forward their
development/re-development plans to the CDGK’s master plan group of
offices for approval in terms of the plan’s conformity with the Karachi
Strategic Development Plan, says the document. It adds that this will not
affect the land ownership rights of the respective agencies, and that the
only aim is to establish the CDGK as the lead agency.
With a view to achieving this goal, the KSDP-2020 suggests that the CDGK
petition for a federal statute to compel all land-holding agencies within
the city district to comply with the city government in the implementation
of the plan.
however, would require relevant federal statues such as the Cantonment Act
and the Railways Act etc to be amended to state that the development of land
and buildings by federal and provincial agencies, as well as other
land-holding agencies, be consistent with the KSDP-2020 and comply by the
Karachi Building Control Authority’s development regulations.
According to the KSDP-2020, shifting development control would require the
relevant infrastructure-related assets would have to be transferred to the
new owner, such as the rights-of-way for roads to the TMA, the
water/wastewater network to the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB), the
power supply network to the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) and
the transfer of staff to the TMA and relevant infrastructure providers.
Azizullah Sharif, Dawn-17, 14/12/2007)
plan passed in city council amid storm of protest
Dec 15: The treasury benches in the City Council on Saturday bulldozed the
Karachi Strategic Development Plan-2020, also called the master plan,
through the house and approved it amid a boycott by the protesting
opposition members, who demanded adequate time for debate on the vital
The house witnessed noisy disturbances throughout the session, which was
chaired by Presiding Officer Ahsan Ahmed Siddiqui, who ruled out all the
objections raised by the opposition members.
At the outset of the proceedings, Haq Parast panel leader Asif Siddiqui took
the floor on a point of order and attacked the opposition for “hatching
conspiracies against the local body system” and also alleged that the
opposition was raising “unnecessary hue and cry over the master plan
The Haq Parast leader said that ever since the master plan was tabled in the
house for discussion, five sessions were held and every member had been
allowed to give his or her views on the subject.
He recalled that during the previous session the city’s Naib Nazim Nasreen
Jalil, as convener of the house, asked the members to submit their written
proposals on the master plan by Dec 14, but he regretted to say that there
was no positive response as only few members made suggestions.
Mr Siddiqui maintained that only 31 resolutions were received so far, which
also included those resolutions that were submitted during previous sessions
and which were being submitted for the house’s approval so that they could
be referred to the master plan committee.
Mr Siddiqui’s remarks sparked noisy disturbances in the house as the
opposition members pointed out to the presiding officer that the member
should be stopped from making a long speech as he had raised a point of
Taking the floor, opposition leader Saeed Ghani argued that the opposition
had never denied the importance of the development plan. Rather, it desired
its unanimous passage with the consent of all members.
Mr Ghani complained that the treasury was bulldozing the plan through the
house in haste thereby creating a negative impression, adding that the plan
was not an ordinary document as it related to the overall and integrated
development of the city. He insisted that the opposition should be given
more time to study the plan as there were many issues they wanted examined
Al-Khidmat panel leader Rafiq Ahmed also stressed the need for developing
consensus among all groups of the house. He regretted that though town
nazims were taken into confidence on the master plan, the union council
nazims were bypassed.
Opposition member Abdul Razzak reminded the chair about a meeting held with
the naib nazim in which she had assured that the present session would
continue till Dec 18, after which it would be decided when the house would
meet again. However, treasury member Abdul Jalil denied any date had been
promised by the naib nazim in this regard.
The house witnessed recurring scenes of disorder and the presiding officer
had to repeatedly ask the members to maintain the decorum of the house, yet
both sides refused to listen.
plan a conspiracy’
opposition leader, Juman Darwan, described the master plan as a “conspiracy
against the residents of Gadap, Keamari and Bin Qasim”, saying that
several mega-projects would be launched from these peripheral towns to
deprive the local people of their ancestral land.
However, the treasury’s Syed Absar-ul-Hasan countered the opposition
member’s contention and defended the proposed uplift projects, saying that
these would bring progress and prosperity to people in backward areas.
Opposition leaders Ramzan Awan, Sheikh Mehbubur Rehman advocate and Zahid
Saeed also condemned the treasury benches for not allowing them adequate
time for debate.
In the meanwhile, Haq Parast leader Asif Siddiqui and Absar-ul-Hasan,
Suleiman Mujahid and Syed Khalil Ahmed urged the chair to table the
resolution on the master plan for passage.
Upon this, the opposition benches made a strong protest over the “stubborn”
attitude of the treasury benches and charged that the resolution was being
But the chair ruled out all the reservations of the opposition members, who
staged a walkout from the house in protest.
Thereafter, in absence of the opposition benches the house gave its
unanimous approval to the resolution on the KSDP-2020.
The house also adopted two other related resolutions, the first of which
reads: “This house received 31 proposals pertaining to the KSDP-2020 from
house members and referred the same to the master plan committee for further
discussion. The committee would give its suitable recommendations after
consultation to the council for adoption”.
The other resolution reads: “The Karachi Strategic Development Plan-2020
is the first historic document which enjoys legal status after its passage
by the council. It covers all development aspects of Karachi. This council
praises the efforts of City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal, Naib Nazim Ms Nasreen
Jalil, the EDO master plan committee and other members”.
Immediately after the passage of the resolutions, the presiding officer
adjourned the session indefinitely.
Latif Baloch, Dawn-17, 16/12/2007)
Council approves KSDP-2020 sans opposition
Karachi Strategic Development Plan-2020 (KSDP-2020) was approved Saturday by
the City Council. The KSDP was approved wit a majority vote, while the
opposition boycotted the proceedings and demanded that council members be
provided with details of the plan.
The City Council saw heated debates over the KSDP-2020 as treasury members
insisted on voting over the plan saying that suggestions could be submitted
later, while opposition members kept demanding that details of the plan be
provided before it was tabled for voting.
The session was presided over by Senior Presiding Officer (SPO) Ahsan
In the start of the session, he said that 31 suggestions have been received
on the KSDP-2020, which would be sent to the Master Plan Committee of city
government. Opposition leader in the City Council Saeed Ghani demanded of
the convener to allow the members more time for studying and developing
consensus on the KSDP-2020.
Ghani demanded that the suggestions submitted by the members on the
KSDP-2020 should be brought in the floor of the house. Amid the pandemonium,
the convener allowed to table a resolution submitted by Absarul Hassan,
Chairman Master Plan Committee to seek approval of the document.
Rafiq Ahmad, group leader of the Al-Khidmat Group, pointed out that the
document placed in the City Council Secretariat was also incomplete as well
as the draft given to the members of council.
document had been placed without the ‘terms of reference’ and the copy
of agreement signed between the city government and the consultant firm,”
The convener stopped the members from debate and conducted voting on the
resolution to approve the Master Plan-2020. The opposition members protested
on this and left the floor. The resolution was later adopted in the absence
of opposition. The session was adjourned for an indefinite period.
goes according to Plan for city’s Masters
KARACHI: The city government has rushed through the Karachi Strategic
Development Plan 2020 (KSDP 2020) despite objections expressed by the
Opposition in the city council.
The Opposition wanted more consensus to be built but with the suspension of
the local government system around the corner, the treasury members were in
no mood to wait. The Opposition walked out in protest of the session that
was presided over by Senior Presiding Officer Ahsan Siddiqi on Saturday. He
failed to calm both sides down.
The proceedings opened with Leader of the House Asif Siddiqi going off on a
tangent about how the Opposition was “conspiring” against the local
government system in speeches for election campaigns. The chair desperately
tried to bring the House back to the master plan but few were paying
Friday was the last day for the submission of suggestions to the master plan
and only 31 have been received. They will be looked over by the Master Plan
Committee that will decide if they are to be tabled as resolutions. The
chair reminded the members, however, that they could still make suggestions
that could be incorporated in the future.
Opposition leader Saeed Ghani pressed for more discussion on the master plan
so that there was more consensus. He said that there were several points
that they wanted to bring up, such as the evacuation of fishermen from
Bundal and Buddo islands where a UAE-based firm is undertaking construction,
but no one was listening. Instead of paying attention to this part of the
city’s culture, the city council was passing resolutions to form heritage
committees. The Opposition wanted all suggestions discussed.
The city government’s treasury benches countered this by arguing that the
KSDP 2020 document was a ‘live’ one that was flexible to suggestions in
the future. They also pressed the chair to close the debate and finalize the
The treasury adopted a resolution to send all 31 suggestions to the Master
Plan Committee as the Opposition did not take part in the vote. Amid the
pandemonium, the convenor allowed the chairman of the master plan committee
to table a resolution to approve the document even though the Opposition
kept pressing for more time.
Amid the confusion, the Opposition’s Rafiq Ahmad said that the plan placed
at the City Council Secretariat was incomplete as was the draft given to
members of the council. It did not have ‘terms of reference’ and a copy
of the agreement signed between the city government and the consultant firm,
The Opposition’s Zahid Saeed said that tables, graphs, figures and maps
were missing. “The City Council members should at least be given total
access to the complete version of KSDP 2020,” he said. “They have only
25% of the total draft.” On a point of clarification, the chair, said that
there was truth to this point as some maps were missing.
The Opposition’s Juman Darwan said that the CDGK had proposed 80 to 90
percent of development projects in KSDP 2020 in three rural towns, Keamari,
Gadap and Bin Qasim, but their residents had not been protected. The CDGK’s
Absarul Hassan retorted that they were paying extraordinary attention to
these towns and planning would improve their lifestyle and increase local
At this point, the debate was closed and the master plan resolution was
voted on and approved without the Opposition. The session was adjourned for
Jamil Khan, DailyTimes-B1, 16/12/2007)