Karachi Master Plan 2020

Only 15 GIS town maps completed as plan constantly delayed

By Jamil Khan | 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 learnt Monday.
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 eight months.
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.
“Last 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 unavailable.
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.
-Published in Daily Times | Sept 25, 2007

~ by jamilkhan on June 17, 2008.

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