DHA City Karachi: Ground-breaking ceremony of new housing community in Karachi

Published: February 22, 2012

The ceremony marks the beginning of project's development activities physically on ground. PHOTO: IRUM SHAHID

KARACHI: The ground-breaking ceremony of DHA City Karachi (DCK), an upcoming residential-cum-commercial project was held at the project site on Super Highway on Wednesday.  

Commander 5 Corps, Lt Gen Muhammad Zahirul Islam, who was the chief guest, unveiled the plaque that marks the beginning of project’s development activities on ground.

The Corps Commander termed the occasion as historic and commended DHA for proving itself as a trendsetter in the field of housing and development.

Islam said that with initiation of DCK project, a number of business and economic opportunities would be generated which would give a significant boost to the local economy.

Corps Commander also said that DCK was a versatile project and had tremendous potential to provide an emblem of modern, secure and comfortable living environment to residents.

He asked the DHA team and consultants to abide by the target set for the short-term development plan which will include roads and other infrastructure work along with projects like schools, markets, parks, health care facilities, etc.

Administrator DHA, Brigadier Aamer Raza Qureshi, while talking to the media said that DCK was a modern housing enterprise that would guarantee the best civic amenities and a dynamic living environment for its residents.

Brig Qureshi said that work on 13 projects including construction of DCK boundary wall, entrance gate, security towers, arterial roads, composite offices-accommodation complex and DCK Information Centre costing Rs1 billion under the immediate development plan were starting forthwith and would be completed in twelve months to make DCK site fully operational.

The Administrator said that a significant feature of the DCK project was the unique security set-up of the township. Elaborating, he said that a two tier physical security in the form of an outer and sector-wise boundary wall will be raised in addition to complete electronic surveillance of the entire township.

Project Director DCK, Brigadier (Retired) M Rafique, said that development of the project would be closely monitored on ground by DCK engineers and a consultant’s team at each stage of development to ensure speedy development of the scheme on professional lines.

Chief Project Consultant, Arif Osmani said that work on five residential sectors including roads network, parks, green spaces, schools, mosques and all basic amenities under the short term development plan would be completed in 3-4 years to make DCK a liveable entity by 2015-16.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Nadir
    Feb 22, 2012 - 10:41PM

    Does the corps commanders and all these brigadiers have nothing better to do? When reporting such projects, someone should also look into whether the original owners of the land have been properly compensated. Unlike say, the people whose land was taken over first by AWT and then DHA in Islamabad/Rawalpindi who are still awaiting compensation since the 1990s.

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  • Siddh
    Feb 23, 2012 - 12:22AM

    Aye watan ke sajeelay generaloun….. saare raqbay tumharay liye hein :-)

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  • DANISH ALI AHMAD
    Feb 23, 2012 - 1:19AM

    and guess who can buy a piece in that place of heaven?
    that will be generals, brigadiers, captains, lieutinents that can wine and dine like westerners. Who can play polo, golf, bridge above the average rate.
    who can dress, walk, jog, run and talk like westerners.
    and the list will also include some fine bureaucrats…
    who while possesing all of the above charateristics must have corruption money in their pockets.
    I bet if someone would put a regulation that a BUYER has to prove his income rule, and the arned income should have been TAXED by the govt. they cannot sell a SINGLE plot in this scheme.

    while poor of the country is getting poorer on daily basis, the rich of this country have still guts to tell people that you are STUPID.

    collecting TAX from the middle class (school teacher/bank worker/private sector etc) and the lower class (indirect sales tax on almost everything), the 22% of budget is then used to DEFEND the country. 1% used on education to keep the masses ill literate. making sure the RICH of the country has plenty of everything so that their next 7 generation dont have work for a single dime.

    it is a very BIG shame for the whole nation. Congratulations……

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  • Salman Orangiwala
    Feb 23, 2012 - 9:16PM

    “Have Lands , will defend the country “

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  • Feb 24, 2012 - 1:19AM

    While Defense Housing Association (DHA) is known for developing upscale communities in major cities, Pakistani military governments have also taken low-cost initiatives to house the poor beginning with the urban planning and development of Landhi, Korangi and New Karachi in 1960s. Unfortunately, there has been little interest on a similar scale by the civilian governments to through on their promises of roti, kapra aur makan (food, clothing and shelter) for the poor.

    I welcome the DCK plan with the hope that the green city will serve as a model for the 21st century and inspire private-sector developers to build similar project in the future.

    http://www.riazhaq.com/2012/02/groundbreaking-dck-green-city-in.html

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  • Apr 2, 2012 - 9:35AM

    I welcome the DCK plan with the hope that the green city will serve as a model for the 21st century

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