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Govt wants Karachi’s historic Metropole Hotel turned into a park

September 4, 2019
 

An international standard public park is to be built on the land of Karachi’s Hotel Metropole Hotel located at the main Metropole Road near Sharae Faisal.

This was decided in a ‘high-level’ meeting held at the CM House in Karachi on Wednesday.

Commissioner Iftikhar Shallwani has been instructed by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to get the land of the hotel for construction of a park.

Shah also spoke about acquiring a portion of the land at the left turning of the road from Metropole towards Clifton to widen it to ensure a smooth flow of traffic.

“No commercial or high-rise buildings [should] be constructed at the site of Hotel Metropole as it would further aggravate the traffic congestion,” Shah said.

He asked the Karachi commissioner to talk to the owners of Metropole Hotel and the management of Sindh Club to buy the land and submit a report in this regard within 10 days.

In June last year, a two-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed, advised the provincial government to purchase the land of Hotel Metropole and construct a park.

The hotel was built in the late 1950s at the centre of Karachi. It was a meeting place for journalists and members of civil society and one of the city’s top hotels for both foreign and local visitors.

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13 Comments

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    Abdul Basit   September 4, 2019 10:43 pm/ Reply

    The is no need for a park as Frere Hall is near by. The place is suitable for a multi story building with parking facility.

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    O   September 4, 2019 10:47 pm/ Reply

    Instead of spending public money on buying land at exhorbitant rates from the filthy rich of khi the local govt should think about tr
    free up land which was meant for parks but has been sold off to land grabbers for peanuts and kickbacks

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    Shahzaib   September 5, 2019 1:17 am/ Reply

    It was already purchased last year by a local business group Mega Conglomerate. Heard they were planning to build a 7star hotel here.

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    JJ   September 5, 2019 1:37 am/ Reply

    Murad Ali Shah and associates are systematically destroying all the historical landmarks and in fact destroying one of the greatest cities in the world.

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    Naseema Cheeda   September 5, 2019 7:16 am/ Reply

    What about Mmetropole Hotel building. R the going to demolish it to make park that won’t be a good idea. Hotel should be declared as historical place.

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    Hanif   September 5, 2019 10:57 am/ Reply

    Around 12 ft land should be acquired for extent road remaning should allowed for non commercial use

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    Sajjad Zaidi   September 5, 2019 11:11 am/ Reply

    Why do we have to get rid of everything that is a part of our history, try to re-live once destroyed we can’t get it back. Stop thinking to make only money from everything.

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    Faisal   September 5, 2019 2:39 pm/ Reply

    Do we need another drama, related to Karachi problems? Instead of focusing on resolving Karachi’s problems, which are so many, Sindh govt is considering wasting precious public money to buy prime land in Karachi – to construct a park. Why not spend this money on cleaning garbage, providing clean water, sewerage treatment plants, completing green line and circular railway projects, among many. However no word on these important issues but discussion is on Metropole hotel. I think the only reason this hotel was discussed because Zaradi failed to but it and Sindh govt wants to punish the new owners for outbidding Zaradari.

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    Wajih   September 5, 2019 3:11 pm/ Reply

    It is owned by Habibullah khan who wants to build a 7 star hotel and commercial block. Karachi needs upgrade its hotel industry and ensure ease of doing business but Sindh govt has other plans…. as Usual.

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    Bilal Fareed   September 5, 2019 4:52 pm/ Reply

    I guess it’s not a bad idea if Mr Shah wants to turn the icon building into ‘Place Charles De Gaulle’ in Karachi, if we don’t take his vague comment literally! What concerns me though, is that the park in the middle of the junction will be outrageously difficult for pedestrians to access. Having said that, it seems people are happy to access the ‘Village’ restaurant at the back of the hotel which is occupying almost 40% of the junction. Who knows what the future of this junction and the hotel’s building is?

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    Navid Raffiq   September 5, 2019 10:31 pm/ Reply

    CEO of Mega Conglomerate will soon sue for his right… and you will see a 7 star hotel in place … that also without demolishing the basic structure of Hotel Metropole which is a declared monument… I wonder if the park are in deep slumber

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    Munawar   September 10, 2019 12:35 pm/ Reply

    Park is not required at all, why waste of money unnecessarily. So many non operational parks are available just go and make it operational. There are already huge traffic during office hours then why making another blunder to put people on road while returning from office.

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    Najeeb   September 10, 2019 9:31 pm/ Reply

    It’s a shame when the decision makers divert the attention of masses towards non issues to achieve their vested interests.

    This meeting is a farce, considering these people usurped so many parks, amenity plots and state lands to commercial use. Kotohari ground is prominent reflection in abuse of powers.

    How can one conceive a park in such a mega junction and for whose use and how would they reach it?

    Metropole is a private property and should be raised at the discretion of the rightful owner.

    The govt should get vacated all encroachments unauthorized constructions on mullahs etc. Even the courts have stopped short after clearing around Empress market.

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