Naya Nazimabad City: Big business group launches gated housing society near Sakhi Hasan

Published: November 20, 2011

Some model houses of the Naya Nazimabad project by the Arif Habib Group. It is located at about 20 minutes from Sakhi Hasan. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD AZEEM/EXPRESS

KARACHI: 

After many years in Karachi, a housing society was launched on Friday for people who may want to escape the commercialisation of their neighbourhoods but cannot afford to buy pricier property in say DHA, PECHS or Mohammad Ali Housing Society.

Naya Nazimabad City, a project of stockbroker and businessman Arif Habib, is located at a drive of 20 minutes from Water Pump Chowrangi in Federal B. Area. Another big broker, Aqeel Karim Dhedhi, has also put his weight behind the project.

Naya Nazimabad’s sponsors want to outdo Defence Housing Authority (DHA) and Bahria by completing the project in time.

“We are not targeting the people who live in Defence or Bath Island,” said Ovais Sohail, the project manager. “Our clientele will come from Gulshan, New Karachi and Nazimabad.”

The project will be developed in phases with the first one to be finished by 2015. “This entire city will take ten to eleven years to complete.”

Sponsors have hired around 150 personnel of the Frontier Constabulary for security of the project, which is located near the violence-prone Qasba Colony and between Pukhtunabad and Baloch Goth. The number of FC guards will be increased once residents move in, an official said.

Naya Nazimabad, with hills on one side and Manghopir Lake on the other, will house 300,000 people in single-storey units and flats. Since the development of the homes depends on demand, developers were unable to say exactly how many houses will be built.

Hospital, schools and markets are part of the project.

Naya Nazimabad will have its own bylaws. “It’s not like you can buy the plot and construct whatever type of house you feel like,” said Sohail. “The bylaws need to be followed. We will continue to work as the administrator.”

A single-storey house covering 160 square yards is being offered for 3 million rupees, with a 1.2 million-rupee debt component.

The chairman of AKD Securities, Aqeel Dhedhi, said that the project drew on inspiration from the Askari and Navy Housing Scheme projects. “There are no gated societies in Karachi,” he claimed. “Naya Nazimabad will have gates on all three societies that will be properly guarded.”

While he describes it as an investment in society, there is no denying the strong possibility that it will also prove to be a good business proposition. “I have seen that property in such societies rise in value and offer a good premium over time.”

Dhedhi is all praises for Naya Nazimabad for the obvious reasons. But developers and property agents agree that people in Karachi are desperate to invest in property.

One reason for the high value of a plot in DHA or say Navy Housing Scheme is their strong administrative control. For example, if you buy a plot in DHA’s Phase VIII today and leave it empty for ten years there are extremely low chances of encroachment. The same cannot be said for other parts of Karachi where the land mafia have become such a menace that the Sindh Assembly even pursued legislation to tackle them.

Naya Nazimabad is different from other projects built in recent years such as Maymar as they are on the outskirts of Karachi, points out the former chairman of the Association of Builders and Developers Farooquz Zaman. “The other societies, which are coming up are also outside the city limits,” he said.

According to him, a well-developed society needs over 1,000 acres of land. “Getting that in Karachi is near-impossible. The city stands divided on ethnic lines. And for all those schemes coming on the Super Highway, security remains a concern.”

Naya Nazimabad is spread over 1,200 acres, most of which belonged to Javedan Cement plant, a company of the Arif Habib Group.

While manager Ovais Sohail was sure that they would be able to provide basic amenities, a lot of questions need to be answered. Karachi’s water utility is under increasing criticism for failing to meet the needs of tens of thousands of people. How would it ensure a supply to Naya Nazimabad? Sohail explained that it helped that they are located right near Hub, the dam from where Karachi gets its water. “Both the main supply conduits pass near the project,” he added. “And I don’t see any reason for us to be denied the supply.”

Published in The Express Tribune, November 20th, 2011.

Reader Comments (70)

  • kala_bacha
    Nov 20, 2011 - 3:47AM

    Another place where people from katti pahari will do shooting practice!

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  • IBRAHIM HASAN
    Nov 20, 2011 - 8:23AM

    Please provoide complete details and price list.

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  • Abdul Rehman Nadeem
    Nov 20, 2011 - 12:29PM

    Quite a good project will help reduce ethnicity by the time due to comming of educated and well behaved well mannered population from mix of cultures and lingo. The price as mentioned 3 million with a 1.2 M part of loan payable over a 4 year period for 160 sq.yds house looks very reasonable.Recommend

  • ahsan
    Nov 20, 2011 - 1:14PM

    near kati pehri ……..!hahahaha a sane person knows danger of that place ..

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  • Nadeem
    Nov 20, 2011 - 3:01PM

    “Sponsors have hired around 150 personnel of the Frontier Constabulary for security of the project, which is located near the violence-prone Qasba Colony and between Pukhtunabad and Baloch Goth”
    LOL!! Please put that in the marketing brochure.

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  • Salman Orangiwala
    Nov 20, 2011 - 3:04PM

    Guarded by FC ? for how long……? Once the FC moves out the landgrabbers of Katti pahari will feast on this scheme .Aqil Karim Dhehdhi would have pocketed billions by then and nowhere to be found .

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  • Siddiqui
    Nov 20, 2011 - 3:23PM

    After long time v see a nice project, could u please publish all information in local print media residing in abroad / gulf, specially in saudi arabia

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  • Faizan
    Nov 20, 2011 - 3:45PM

    Good project…..but near battleground katti pahari..lol…first evacuate that mountain from roaches then sane people will think to invest in this project…

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  • Imran Lakhani
    Nov 20, 2011 - 5:04PM

    Its not near Kati Pahari, Katapahari is far far away from this place.

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  • Shahid Araeen
    Nov 20, 2011 - 5:30PM

    Hi

    Pls provide me all details of this project including House value of diffrent catagries.
    I am intrested to buy one.

    Thanks

    Shahid araeen
    aariatrd68@yahoo.com

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  • hanif
    Nov 20, 2011 - 5:44PM

    kindly send my complete inquires about your project price and location

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  • Nov 20, 2011 - 5:45PM

    project looks good in knowing,but not clear to create interest of common person.details are too short to decide.no prices are given,no innformation has given about hidden or complet charges of homes and flats with their sizes.no add in news paper.security is also main issue due to location.please provide me complete details of project,i may b the 1st middle income person to invest. regards, muhammad ali khan.contact 03008636500

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  • Irshad Butt
    Nov 20, 2011 - 7:13PM

    Shahid Araeen sahib here it is http://www.nayanazimabad.com

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  • Seher
    Nov 20, 2011 - 9:53PM

    Well we r also willing to move to a peaceful place , after a long time it seemed to be a good project but when i came to know about the kati pahari thing , I am in a fix .

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  • adnan raza
    Nov 20, 2011 - 10:16PM

    it appears to be good project.if akd and arif hahbib r honest than may Allah help them

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  • Asif Khan
    Nov 20, 2011 - 10:45PM

    Capital Associates is in Real Estate from last 15 years working with Top Leading Brands of Pakistan DHA , BAHRIA , Authorise Dealers EMAAR Pakistan & THE CENTAURUS Islamabad.
    We are interested In your Project So please Send us Details .

    Best Regards
    Asif khan
    Capital Associates , Suite 1 , First Floor , I – 8 Markaz , Islamabad
    051-4435144 , 03009507464

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  • rahat shah
    Nov 20, 2011 - 11:03PM

    this project will provide a peace full life of the people of khi.there is no ethnic problem in this area.naya nazimabad is away from khati pahari and near of sakhi hassan .i requested to all friends please come and see this project.i apply for two plots in naya nazimabad because i seen the plan of arif habib group.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Nov 21, 2011 - 1:30AM

    While choosing a project to live in, one needs to see number of things before giving money to the builder.

    What is the guarantee that the builders and developers will not violate the building code laws?

    The day builder and developer will violate the building code laws, some one from the civil society will move an application in the court of law and the whole project will come to a stand still.

    There are number of building projects in Karachi which is pending under litigation. One of the examples is of the apartments above the Gulfway and Cliff Shopping Mall on the main Clifton Road, near Teen Talwar, which are pending in litigation in the court of law for the last 15 years.

    There are many other similar examples of building projects in the city. Once the matter is gone, neither Arif Habib, nor Aqeel Karim Dehdy will be able to do any thing and the investors will run from pillar to post to take their money back from the builders and developers.

    I am not talking about the law and order situation outside the project. The less is spoken, the better it is.

    One cannot compare this very project with the Naval Housing Scheme, nor with the Askari Housing Scheme of Clifton and Defence as outside the boundary walls of these projects, there is no such vicinity like “New Nazimabad”.

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  • zafar khan
    Nov 21, 2011 - 3:04AM

    please sent me complete detail of plots including prices

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  • Nov 21, 2011 - 4:09AM

    Congratulation
    Sohail Zaidi here from MAFHH MARKETING
    We Offer our services for Booking & Recovery of ur Project “Naya Nazimabad City”
    check our Company Profile here: http://www.mafhhmarketing.com
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  • Afzal
    Nov 21, 2011 - 11:08AM

    Dear Friends,

    Yesterday I had visited there & it seems very good project, I would suggest that rather talking from your home or office just visit there & see by your own eyes. secondly I beleived that there are very good names behind this project.

    Best wishes for this project.

    Afzal

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  • Intikhab Anwer Khan
    Nov 21, 2011 - 12:39PM

    Dear
    I want to know complete details and also is there any 400 to 500 Sq-Yards plot in reasonable price or not and what is the total cost of plot or house in this plot size.
    regards,
    intikhab

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  • Nov 21, 2011 - 12:56PM

    plese provoide complete details and price list

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  • Syed Muhammad Haider
    Nov 21, 2011 - 2:17PM

    I would like to convey my heartiest congratulation to the Business Group especially
    Mr. Arif Habib and Me. Abdul Karim Dhedhi for launching this wounderfull projecet.

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  • shakil khan
    Nov 21, 2011 - 5:28PM

    please provoide complete details and price details

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  • Nov 21, 2011 - 5:49PM

    As.Salam.o.Alakum,

    Pls send me all details of this project including House value of diffrent catagries or Plots catagries.

    Thanks & Regards

    Zaid Siddiqui
    zaidsiddiqui.khi@gmail.comRecommend

  • Nadir khan
    Nov 21, 2011 - 5:54PM

    give the cost of buglows in different categories with payment schedule

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  • nadia
    Nov 21, 2011 - 8:59PM

    hi i need the information regarding banglows. also if I opt for plot when i will get the possession.thx

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  • mazhar iqbal
    Nov 21, 2011 - 9:19PM

    pleas provide full details & payment schedule.

    mazhar iqbal

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  • Sohail
    Nov 21, 2011 - 9:34PM

    Its very difficult but kati pahari life risk

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  • Mohammad Arshad
    Nov 21, 2011 - 9:59PM

    i,m mohammad arshad i live in sukkur and i want to buy plote but 240 sp yard some peoples says that area is dangerous dont buy any plote here please suggest me actual position my cell no is 0332-8291162
    regards
    Mohammad Arshad

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  • Nov 22, 2011 - 12:51AM
  • Mirza Naseem Baig
    Nov 22, 2011 - 2:08AM

    I want payment schedule

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  • Sarfaraz Jaliyawala
    Nov 22, 2011 - 1:25PM

    I ve asked my uncle about the involvement of Aqeel Karim Dhedi and Arif habib in this project! he told me that their name is being used just to attract Memon Investors! they have no connectivity with it!

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  • Dr Rana
    Nov 22, 2011 - 1:40PM

    Hi,

    What about the enviromental threat from nearly located Steel Mills and Refinery.
    The polution will make peoples life hel in Naya Nazimabad.

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  • SOHAIL AHMED
    Nov 22, 2011 - 1:58PM

    Pls provide me all details of this project including House value of diffrent catagries.
    I am intrested to buy one.

    Thanks
    SOHAIL AHMED

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  • umair
    Nov 22, 2011 - 7:57PM

    plz provide us complete infrmation about it and i want to know detailed price so send me email as soon as possible

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  • imran
    Nov 22, 2011 - 9:46PM

    hi,
    i want to book one unit, i need full information about price and area.

    please send me detail as soon as possible.

    thanks
    imran
    00966540497520

    .

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  • Nov 22, 2011 - 11:02PM

    @SOHAIL AHMED:
    Get more information about this project here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Naya-Nazimabad/278834968820792?sk=wall

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  • Tabish Bilgrami
    Nov 23, 2011 - 9:24AM

    Its solely a project by Javedan Group. The group it self has demolished their cement factory and building a project there. The main issue which I have is that the project’s approach (entrance route) is surrounded by Madressas and Ethnic group people. Please guide me if there is any other entrance of this project. I can see another Katti Pahari here. The residents will be restricted to the boundaries only and the worst part being that any one can easily take positions over the Pahari there (as done before at Kati Pahare) and make sure that residents are stuck in there only.
    The sponsors have themselves stated above (in paragraph 6) that they have hired 150 FC personnel for security. Can you imagine that once the project is completed, will we still get these 150 FC personnel for free? Lolz! A big question mark……..

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  • A.qadir.Ali
    Nov 23, 2011 - 1:39PM

    ASsalam o koM I néeD mOre detail and priCe sent my email I’d thanks.

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  • Adnan
    Nov 23, 2011 - 2:56PM

    gud project bt near kati pahari..one can’t say anything abt it

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  • faisal
    Nov 23, 2011 - 6:12PM
  • Irfan
    Nov 23, 2011 - 9:45PM

    suppose if i shift from gulshan to naya nazimabad Phase l……..what will i tell my in laws, relatives, friends when they ask for directions …….. kay…. naya nazimabad situated in between (these notorious societies like) kati pahardi, qasba colony, pakhtunabad, baoch ghoth……no noooo naAaAaAaAaAaAaAaAaAaAa

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  • Noman
    Nov 23, 2011 - 9:46PM

    please provide complete details and price list

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  • Irfan
    Nov 23, 2011 - 11:31PM

    Usually in the beginning of any project everything is spic n span, secure n all……but the question is….. who is going to maintain the project after the sell off……. usually the builder leaves the project when all their unit sold & transfer all their powers to the resident unions which usually creates mess and if this happens then the whole project will become a trash can becoz of the adjoining societies……
    I feel that they (builders) just want a good money of their cheap land thru this project & leave …….as we all know they demolished their cement factory and wind up all their businesses there……….& definitely they don’t want to leave their 1200 acres of land to land-grabbers

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  • athar khan
    Nov 24, 2011 - 3:52AM

    hi plz send me all details and im intrested to buy ………….plz kindly let me know

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  • habib
    Nov 24, 2011 - 8:33AM

    this is good for karachi peoples, more project required like behria town
    Thanks

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  • awais
    Nov 24, 2011 - 1:13PM

    please sent me complete detail of plots including prices

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  • Osama
    Nov 24, 2011 - 8:29PM

    Please let me know how i can do booking? Banglows prices are not mention on Naya Nazimabad site, how many houses are going to be there under that boundary wall? and same question regarding security of our money and after posession security.

    please let me know soon.

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  • muhammad atiq
    Nov 24, 2011 - 10:35PM

    plz send more detail to deluxefzc@hotmail.com

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  • yasar
    Nov 25, 2011 - 7:58AM

    dont trust the comapnies advertising here on comment page. Probably crooks.

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  • positive pakistani
    Nov 25, 2011 - 10:19AM

    these kind of projects are needed to be built on the superhighway…

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  • akbar wazir
    Nov 26, 2011 - 2:55PM

    hope fully good for overseas pakistani
    Please provoide complete details and price list.

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  • NEHAL AHMED KHAN
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:16AM

    Dear Sir,

    Please provide complete details and price list.
    I’m leaving in Dammam KSA, But original from Karachi

    Kindly request for payment schedule by email

    Thanks and best regards
    NAK

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  • Nov 27, 2011 - 11:19AM

    Follow Naya Nazimabad on Facebook for complete and up-to-date details
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Naya-Nazimabad/278834968820792

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  • s.m.fahad
    Nov 27, 2011 - 7:32PM

    please send me all details and over all map
    I like this city

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  • Ali Tanoli.
    Nov 28, 2011 - 1:48AM

    Dont get hurry guys this is another loot schame and area is worst for health near mongopir
    and Dalmiah cement …… and kati pahari may god protect u guys,…

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  • mohammad obaid
    Nov 28, 2011 - 5:07PM

    Please provoide complete details and price list

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  • Danish
    Dec 1, 2011 - 11:47PM

    Please send the details @ danish_ku@hotmail.com

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  • abrar
    Dec 2, 2011 - 5:03PM

    The project is really nice.Every sencable family love to live in NAYA NAZIMABAD

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  • Abdul Wahab
    Dec 4, 2011 - 5:37PM

    Please send me detail of project.tanks

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  • Ali
    Dec 4, 2011 - 7:30PM

    if you buy land in guwader you know,
    you can buy Land there, but cant stay there,
    same as Naya Nazmabad, you can buy Land and House, but you cant stay there,
    i thing this land also belong to Baluchistan, and get a lease from Baluchistan government,
    an also have a Cement factory, so climate is polluted and dusty their.
    naya nazimabad situated in between (these notorious societies like) kati pahardi, qasba colony, pakhtunabad, baoch ghoth etc.

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  • faisal zakarya
    Dec 6, 2011 - 12:31PM

    please sent me complete information of plots including price detail thanks

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  • Muahmmad
    Dec 9, 2011 - 10:14PM

    May i know who this GUY “Aqeel Karim Dhedhi”

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  • Khurram
    Dec 12, 2011 - 7:31PM

    I agreed @Irfan and Tabish Bilgrami
    Also Please find out the following before

    NOC from authorities and NOC Number? as per my knowledge they do not have yet
    Approvals of basic utilities authority like water board , electricity etc
    Development Charges estimated? looking big development charges
    They refused Stamp paper Contract while KBCA says always make contract with builders over a stamp paper of Rs. 100 to make contract legal.

    Regards

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  • Dec 12, 2011 - 8:55PM

    This place is no where near Sakhi Hasan.

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  • anum
    Dec 16, 2011 - 11:49AM

    hi, i want to know the price of flats with complete details

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  • AHSAN
    Dec 29, 2011 - 11:03AM

    Please provide complete details with cost.ASAP

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