Emaar of Dubai is investing $43 billion to convert two islands off the coast of Karachi into resorts for the rich elite of the city. In recent years residents of Karachi have been facing a great deal of problems due to the increase in traffic, pollution, crime and lack of other basic amenities. Such a project would allow the crème de la crème to distinguish themselves from the millions of middle-class people in the city who have now, according to one socialite, turned it into a ‘shit-hole’.
The islands would also serve as a permanent getaway for its residents as all their needs would be provided for and they would be able to access the areas of Defence and Clifton by a $50 million bridge. The other Karachi ‘towns’ were already no-go areas for most people tipped to be buying property on these islands. However, it was a cause for concern that on national holidays, such as Eid, Independence Day, Defence Day etc., a lot of the inhabitants of deprived Karachi areas would migrate to Defence and Clifton to enjoy the only source of entertainment for the middle-class of the city, the Clifton Beach.
The elite class was finding it very difficult to enjoy their privacy in areas believed by them to be built exclusively for them. Therefore, a final solution to the problem has been reached and the construction on the project started on 8th December 2006. This is surely a sign of great progress. International construction firms are showing great interest in Pakistan and this can only bode well for the economy.
In other news…
Fishermen from the islands of Buddo and Bundal (Dingi and Bhundaar in Sindhi) off the coast of Karachi will be displaced so that a state-of-the-art model city could be built. The city will be called Diamond Bar Island City.
PFF (Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum) President Muhammad Ali Shah told journalists that fishermen were seriously concerned over possible loss of their livelihood, obstruction of passage to the open sea, destruction of mangrove forests and destruction of marine life and environment.
Upon questioning a Government spokesman said, ‘All this talk about the environment, mangroves and marine life is a subterfuge. All the fishermen are interested in is illegally taking control of government land.’ Human rights and environmental organizations responded by saying that for the pleasure and leisure of a few, many thousands of fishermen would lose their livelihood and marine life and mangroves would be permanently harmed.
MicroPakistan heard from some local fishermen that they believed that Hazrat Yusuf Shah of Bundul(known as the ‘fishermen saint’), whose 522nd Urs was held recently, would unleash his wrath on all those that try to tamper with the islands and the natural beauty around them. They believe he will protect his people, the fishermen. Certainly, the Government of Pakistan won’t.-MicroPakistan