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KARACHI: Beach Park opening today

December 12, 2005

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KARACHI, Dec 11: The “Beach Park” constructed at Clifton Beach will be inaugurated on Monday. The park, constructed under the special supervision of Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan, is part of the under-construction grand recreation project.

The project envisages the rehabilitation and renovation of the historic Kothari Parade and Bagh Ibn-i-Qasim on an area of 80 acres. After the completion both these projects will be linked with the Beach Park.

During a visit to the city four months back, the Sindh governor while taking notice of the encroachments and in sanitary conditions, had announced to bring this coastal area under recreational use for the citizens of Pakistan and foreign tourists.

The work on the three projects in question was started on July 25, 2005.

The development work of the Clifton beach as a recreational place was started 80 years back by Jehangir Kothari, who constructed the Jehangir Kothari Parade at a cost of Rs0.3 million at the site of his bungalow and presented it to the citizens of Karachi as a gift.

Although an important recreational spot, it remained ignored for quite long time and no steps were taken for the development of the Clifton coast and to maintain the available facilities.

This beautiful park spread over an area of 47 acres, has been constructed along 3.7km long coastal driveway.

It is a 3-phased project starting from the city government’s territorial limits adjoining Defence Society and goes up to the Shireen Jinnah Colony.

— APP