Karachi—Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan has said that Empress Market and adjoining streets would be revived to their past glory not only to preserve the history but also to promote a healthy environment in the area.
This he said while talking with newsmen during visit of Lucky Star and Empress Market to inspect the work on revival of Empress Market and surrounding areas project phase I under Governor’s package. This project would be completed by July 2016 with an estimated cost of Rs.158 million.
Karachi Commissioner Syed Asif Hyder Shah and Deputy Commissioner South Saleem Rajput were also present on the occasion. The Governor said that under the project Empress market, Preedy street, Raja Ghazanfar Ali Khan Road and Mir Karam Ali Khan Road would be made pedestrian and a shuttle service would be started to facilitate customers desiring to go to the markets in the area.
A two loop tram way between MA Jinnah Road and Sarwar Shaheed Road has also been planned which would culminate at Parking Plaza, he added. He said that the plan of re routing of buses would be implemented strictly and to ensure the same Mansfield street is being reconstructed.
To ensure proper sewerage system in the area replacement of existing sewerage lines with broader ones would also be undertaken, he further added. He said that revival of whole area would beautify the entire locality and it would guarantee a peaceful atmosphere and environment for not only the people of the area but also for Karachiites from all over the city.
He said that law and order and peaceful conditions are closely linked with any development activity as there can be no development unless there is peace. Priority is being attached for recovery, restoration, rehabilitation and redevelopment of parks and other recreational facilities, with a view to provide Karachiites with improved recreational environment, he added.
The Governor said that unique buildings and monuments like Empress Market are identity of any city or country and they also symbolize their history. The building of Empress Market is also both unique and historic in nature which should be restored to its original plan, he observed and said that as such it is our collective responsibility to make efforts in this regard, so as to beautify our city with a sense of ownership.
He said that to restore the past glory of Karachi we have to work jointly as it was our collective responsibility. Maintenance and care of existing parks, play grounds and other recreational facilities must be given priority by each and every one of us, he said
In reply to another question, he said that there was no truth in the impression that Sindh government was not working. The development projects are being executed with the assistance of provincial Government, he further replied. The Governor was also briefed about the phase I of the project in detail on the occasion.