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New road named after Parsi hotelier Dinshaw B. Avari

His son Byram Avari helped inaugurate it

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 4, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago
Posted: Dec 4, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago

The late Dinshaw Avari at the opening of Avari Towers in 1985. The new road is named after him.

Byram Avari inaugurated the 2km Dinshaw B. Avari Road from Keamari Bridge to Khamees Gate at a cost of Rs40 million with the Sindh chief minister on Saturday in Karachi.  

The ceremony was attended by Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Shah, Karachi Administrator Murtaza Wahab, Byram D. Avari and his entire family and notables of the Parsi community. 

The Dinshaw B. Avari road connects the seaport to Karachi, including its industrial areas and up-country imports and exports, popularly known as the `Gateway to Pakistan’. The road will help freight traffic run smoothly.

The road has been named after Dinshaw Byramji Avari who was born on August 22, 1902, to a humble family. He studied at an orphanage as his mother had passed away and his father had to work during the day. He did his B. Com studying at the light of a hurricane lantern. He then joined an insurance company in Canada as a clerk. He was made manager for Karachi and then General Manager for Sindh, Balochistan, NWFP, Punjab and Afghanistan.

Dinshaw B. Avari was decorated by the British government, a founding member of Rotary and trustee of many Parsi trusts, including the Karachi Parsi Anjuman. He was a trustee of BVS Boys & Mama Parsi Girls schools, and the BMH Parsi Hospital, Deaf & Dumb Center. He was the founder and president of the Pakistan Sea Scouts, a founder member of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Hotels Association of Pakistan. He was also the founder president of the Sindh Red Cross Red Crescent Society.

The road also leads to the passenger pier to transport public and goods to Baba and Bhit Islands and Manora. The road was dilapidated which caused delays and traffic jams leading to fatigue and a waste of fuel.

The Sindh government undertook the improvement of the road through KMC. Its track was refurbished and drainage was improved. The road was upgraded and electrified.

The Sindh government has invested Rs1400 million in the construction of a road from Mai Kolachi to Y-Junction, Rs650 million on the development of `Manora Beach Front and Rs500 million on Mason road, Rs1,037 million on SITE roads at 15 locations and jetties at Baba, Bhit and Mubarak Village.

Avari passed away on December 18, 1988.

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