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Karachi’s Kidney Hill Park is getting a makeover

October 15, 2019
Karachi’s Kidney Hill Park is getting a makeover

 

The people of Karachi will soon have an all new recreational park to visit in Bahadurabad near the Karachi Cooperative Housing Society.

The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation is going to start renovation work at the Ahmed Ali Park, which is popularly known as the Kidney Hill Park, after retrieving 20 acres of encroached land.

It is spread across 62 acres of land. The park was once a recreational site for the residents of the area. Some portions of the park, however, were encroached by land grabbers after 2006. Residential units and dairy farms were set up at the amenity land of the park.

This is the story of nearly every other park of Karachi.

KMC Anti-Encroachment Department Senior Director Bashir Siddiqui told SAMAA Digital that the Supreme Court, at the start of this year, ordered retrieval of the encroached land of the Kidney Hill Park. “Around 20 acres of the park’s land was encroached by the Kokan Cooperative Housing Society. It claimed that the land belonged to the society. They moved the Sindh High Court on the matter,” the KMC official said.

The apex court cancelled a stay order given by the high court to the Kokan Cooperative Housing Society, which paved the way for KMC to initiate its action.

The KMC has demolished 17 bungalows constructed on the park’s premises. Three of them were under construction. “The builder mafia and Kokan society were responsible for the illegal construction on the park’s land,” Siddiqui said.

The KMC anti-encroachment department has issued an evacuation notice to the residents.

The Karachi Water and Sewerage Board had also encroached three acres of the park’s land by constructing a water pumping station and residences for its officers.

“If the Supreme Court did not intervene, the entire park would have been converted into a residential scheme,” the KMC senior director said. The land has now been retrieved and renovation work is under way.

KMC Metropolitan Commissioner Dr Saifur Rehman told SAMAA Digital that the park would open for public in a month. “Ahmed Ali Park will be a gift for the people of Karachi by the KMC administration. It will be a beautiful place to visit after renovation,” Dr Rehman said.

Over 3,000 saplings of different species will be planted at different locations of the park. The park will have a jogging track and sewerage treatment plants.

It has been named after Professor Ahmed Ali, an eminent writer and poet of the 19th century.

Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar is going to review the renovation and rehabilitation work during a visit today.

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    Aisha Bashir   October 16, 2019 1:17 am/ Reply

    Nearby area of kidney Hill say Adamjee Nagar, CP Berar Society, Dhoraji Colony etc is a dig hole. This area is like a moon land or worst as moon have no sewerage water flowing at the gate of 4 main mosques. All roads are broken from dhoraji colony till marium masjid and behing parallel road called Johar Road. This are is on walking distance from Karsaz, Cricket Stadium, AKUH, Sh e Faisal and the busy Tipu Sultan Road. This are has all the banks on one road from Dhoraji to mohammed ali society chowk. Road is wide enough but all broken with electric wire everywhere and double parking on both side. Don’t know where is Nazim and PTAs Ali Zaid MNA. At zubaida hospital u can see flow of traffic every day specially at school time. Encroached shops and thelays of fruits everwhere. Private societies kept illegal barriers which is making scenario worst in rush hour. I believe this area is paying taxes in big figures may be top 10 in whole country. I hope someone will cover this areas issue and get a place in Jannah. I am 70 year old woman and never looked this area in its beautiful state.

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    Dua   October 16, 2019 2:14 pm/ Reply

    It would be great to visit our childhood park with our grandchildren and share our childhood experiences of the park…very thankful to karachi govt for renovating Hill Park…It’s been 30 years that I have not visited the park because of encroachments and drugees at the park…I can only pray for people who took an action of preserving the park… Allah bless them all.

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