Karachi Neighborhood Improvement Project

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Karachi Neighborhood Improvement Project

ENGLISH   |   URDU   |   SINDHI

Karachi Neighborhood Improvement Project

Transforming Karachi into a Livable Competitive mega city
The Government of Sindh’s Karachi Neighbourhood Improvement Project is supported by the World Bank and works on inclusive development in Karachi. However the ongoing anti encroachment drive is not related to the project.

Karachi Neighborhood Improvement Project builds upon the on going initiatives by the Government of Sindh to rejuvenate Karachi. The project supports Pakistan’s Vision 2025, which aims to transform urban areas into creative, eco-friendly and sustainable cities through improved city governance, effective urban planning, efficient local mobility, infrastructure and better security to make urbanization an important driver of growth.

The Government of Sindh with the support of The World Bank has initiated Karachi Neighborhood Improvement Project to enhance Public Space in targeted neighborhood of Karachi. The Project Area included saddar, Malir and Korangi. In Phase 1, the sub-project of the Redevelopment of Educational and Cultural Zone has been launched and the development comprises of Underground Car Parking Facility, Public space on Shara-e-Kamal Attaturk in front of Sindh Secretariat, Rehabilitation of 2.5 KM of roads ie M.R Kayani Road (From Shaheen Complex to Pakistan Chowk) Dr. Ziauddin Road (From Shaheen Complex to Pakistan Chowk) and Deen Muhammad Road (From Arts council to Pakistan Chowk) and improvement of Side Walks/Footpaths and improvements in Arts council- a place of public and citizen interest.

The scope of works include upgrading roads and streets, sidewalks, and pedestrian crossings within existing rights-of-way (ROW); upgrading existing open spaces, installing shade features, burying of overhead utilities and removing barriers for visitors; installing signs, street furniture, lighting, and bus stop shelters; organizing parking and installing safety barriers on sidewalks and enhance safety; and rehabilitating infrastructure and storm water drainage beneath roads.

The KNIP sub-projects are inclusive in nature and follows a comprehensive consultation process with stakeholders in all stages of the project. The Environment and Social safeguards prepared for the project form part of the framework, which is followed in true spirit and where applicable, before undertaking any investment and construction activity, a resettlement action plan is prepared as per Resettlement policy framework agreed with World Bank. The ESMP, ESMF are public documents and available at KNIP Website.

Abdul Kabir Qazi

Project Director, Government of Sindh

The Karachi Neighborhood Improvement Project is an integral part of the Karachi Transformation Strategy which provides the framework for World Bank’s engagement in the city. Karachi is Pakistan’s economic hub, contributing about 15 percent of the country’s economy. A ‘transformed’ Karachi with efficient public services and a competitive business environment will translate into economic productivity gains for the entire country. Moreover, well-designed urban spaces are part of the New Urban Agenda. Our experience has taught us that high quality urban environments and public spaces directly benefit the poor and most vulnerable. They serve as a forum for social interaction, integration and are critical for city vibrancy. We are supporting the Government of Sindh to make Karachi a ‘livable and walkable’ city and benefiting almost a million residents of Malir, Korangi and Saddar through this effort. This is the start of a long-term partnership between the city of Karachi and the World Bank Group and I am confident that it will be a transformative one. He further said the scope of works include upgrading roads and streets, sidewalks, and pedestrian crossings within existing rights-of-way (ROW); upgrading existing open spaces, installing shade features, burying of overhead utilities and removing barriers for visitors; installing signs, street furniture, lighting, and bus stop shelters; organizing parking and installing safety barriers on sidewalks and enhance safety; and rehabilitating infrastructure and storm water drainage beneath roads.

Patchamuthu Illangovan

World Bank, Country Director for Pakistan

“Redevelopment of Educational & Cultural Zone” under Karachi Neighborhood Improvement Project (KNIP)

The Project Director, KNIP visited the ongoing work site at Arts council and parking development area at Sadar and while briefing the end users during visit, he informed that the Government of Sindh, with World Bank Support has initiated KNIP for enhancement of Public spaces in targeted neighborhoods i.e. Saddar, Malir and Korangi. He informed that in phase-1, a sub-project of ‘Re-development of Educational and Cultural Zone” has already been launched and work is underway near Sindh Secretariat. While giving details of the scheme, he further informed that the Development comprise of Underground Car Parking Facility, Public space on Shara-e-Kamal Attaturk in front of Sindh Secretariat, Rehabilitation of 2.5 KM of roads ie M.R Kayani Road (From Shaheen Complex to Pakistan Chowk) Dr. Ziauddin Road (From Shaheen Complex to Pakistan Chowk) and Deen Muhammad Road (From Arts council to Pakistan Chowk) and improvement of Side Walks/Footpaths and improvements in Arts council- a place of public and citizen interest.

He further said the scope of works include upgrading roads and streets, sidewalks, and pedestrian crossings within existing rights-of-way (ROW); upgrading existing open spaces, installing shade features, burying of overhead utilities and removing barriers for visitors; installing signs, street furniture, lighting, and bus stop shelters; organizing parking and installing safety barriers on sidewalks and enhance safety; and rehabilitating infrastructure and storm water drainage beneath roads.

In the backdrop of ongoing development and happening in Saddar area, it was stated that all KNIP Sub-projects are inclusive in nature and developed in consultation with stakeholders and beneficiaries. The KNIP follows a comprehensive consultation process with stakeholders in all stages of the project. The Environment and Social safeguards prepared for the project form part of the framework, which is followed in true spirit and where applicable, before undertaking any investment and construction activity, a resettlement action plan is prepared as per Resettlement policy framework agreed with World Bank. The ESMP, ESMF are public documents and available at KNIP Website.

Karachi Neighborhood Improvement Project, is bound to give this city a new look and a new face- the face of development, the face of peace and prosperity.

A transition to the deeper institutional reforms, which would focus on priority areas such as building a competitive business environment, improving city governance and municipal service delivery that will lead to economic gains and assist in the implementation of Karachi Transformation Strategy. It is an initiative to transform the city by improving the safety, accessibility, and attractiveness of public spaces in Karachi, such as streets, parks, city squares and pedestrian areas. The Urban Design would upgrade the livability of our neighborhoods through infrastructure rehabilitation, environment improvement and creating spaces for social interactions.

Karachi Neighborhood Improvement Project would play an important role in the restoration of the old city area. Therefore, it must be supported by everyone not only by the relevant agencies and government departments, I request all the citizens of Karachi to support and own it.

Mr. Murad Ali Shah

Honorable Chief Minister Sindh

Planning and Development Board is largely responsible for advising the Government on development policy and planning which includes scrutiny, approval and implementation of infrastructure related projects. The mission is to enhance safety, livability and resilience in the built environment and to work together with the community to promote and protect the distinctive neighborhoods, vibrant commercial areas, unique character and natural resources in the Sindh Province.

Karachi Neighborhood Improvement Project has been launched by the Planning and Development Department, Government of Sindh with a vision to establish a foundation, shared vision and a roadmap for transformation of Karachi by enhancing the city’s capacity for implementation of urban improvement initiatives and economic viability with no major or irreversible environmental and social impacts. Urbanization has the potential to drive productivity, with cities as engines of growth that create opportunities and play a key role in creating jobs, enhancing market competition and improving the quality of life of its residents. Other major components of the project involves laying foundation for better city management through improving selected Citizen Services in Karachi.

This project would provide Karachi with inclusive opportunities for its individuals, businesses and communities that would serve as accelerators for social and economic growth of the city.

Muhammad Waseem

Chairman, Planning and Development Board

Government of Sindh

Launch

Launch of the Educational and Cultural Zone 

Saddar Downtown Area Revitalisation 

On 12th March 2018

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