Observer Report Karachi
Memorandum of Agreement(MoA) signed by Amreli Steels, EFT and Lady Dufferin Hospital, Karachi on Restoration and Rehabilitation of Historic Edulji Dinshaw Building (1894-1898)
Abdul Hamid Akhund, Secretary, Endowment Fund Trust for Preservation of the Heritage of Sindh, Hadi Akberali, COO, Amreli Steels Ltd., and Dr. Zeryab Setna, Medical Superintendent, Lady Dufferin Hospital, Karachi signed a Memorandum of Agreement for Restoration and Rehabilitation of Historic Edulji Dinshaw Building for protecting its historical and aesthetic characteristics and to ensure its longevity and continued historic/ new use.
The Edulji Dinshaw Building, located at Lady Dufferin Hospital, Chand Bibi Street (Princess Street), Karachi, showcases the history of establishment of hospitals exclusively for women and children in Karachi.
Benazir Bhutto, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, gave birth to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari – the present Chairman PPP, in the hospital in 1988.
The Edulji Dinshaw Building, built in 1894-1898, is associated with Seth Edulji Dinshaw – a renowned Parsi philanthropist of per-partition Karachi, who contributed towards its construction as a charitable women hospital with a capacity of 192 beds.
Edulji Dinshaw Building has undergone incompatible additions, alterations and renovation works in the past which have brought about its decline and it is now in the state of deterioration and underuse.
The project, involving managing of damp, restoration of building envelop and restoration and rehabilitation of building interiors, is estimated to cost Rs.35.141 million and it will take two and a half year to complete.