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CITY DISTRICT GOVERNMENT KARACHI
MASTER PLAN GROUP OF OFFICES
CDGK/MPCO/COM/10/578/L
Mrs. Rukhsana Abid (Owner),
R/O F-8, ...
Dated: 27th
October, 2010
The Executive District Officer,
Master Plan,
City District Government Karachi.
SUBJECT: DECISION...
26th
October, 2010
SUBJECT: DECISION ON ENVIRONMENT IMPACT ASSESSMENT (EIA)
1. Name and Address of Proponent: Mr. Mujtaba ...
iii. That the construction of proposed building will cause incremental effect on
concentration of pollutants in ambient ai...
Dated: 18th
October, 2010
The Executive District Officer,
Master Plan,
City District Government Karachi.
SUBJECT: ENVIRONM...
Complete disruption of personal privacy of residents of the area
Increase in noise pollution
No system for disposal or inc...
Karachi – numero uno
ARDESHIR COWASJEE
2007-06-10
UNFORTUNATE it is that President General Pervez Musharraf has chosen to ...
emotional attachment to the city. This is a very serious issue, as it concerns the health and indeed the
very lives of Kar...
out onto our roads in their hundreds each day, thanks to our banks and their need to make
money out of upwardly mobile unw...
Castles on dung heaps?
By Ardeshir Cowasjee
Jun 18, 2011
GEORGE Burns, the comedian who generated laughter up to the age o...
Similar arrogance (and short-sightedness) was displayed by the Sindh government
earlier this year when it presented the Pr...
experience with suburban land speculations in the 1920s, that the interest of the
owner and developer of raw land is somet...
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Original Plot 5 & 6 / CF-5 Clifton Quarter
(9,436 sqyds = 1.95 acres) housing the H...
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Eia reports courtesy Shehri
Eia reports courtesy Shehri
Eia reports courtesy Shehri
Eia reports courtesy Shehri
Eia reports courtesy Shehri
Eia reports courtesy Shehri
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Eia reports courtesy Shehri
Eia reports courtesy Shehri
Eia reports courtesy Shehri
Eia reports courtesy Shehri
Eia reports courtesy Shehri
Eia reports courtesy Shehri
Eia reports courtesy Shehri
Eia reports courtesy Shehri
Eia reports courtesy Shehri
Eia reports courtesy Shehri
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  1. 1. CITY DISTRICT GOVERNMENT KARACHI MASTER PLAN GROUP OF OFFICES CDGK/MPCO/COM/10/578/L Mrs. Rukhsana Abid (Owner), R/O F-8, Block-5, Clifton Karachi SUB: WITHDRAWAL/CANCELLATION OF NOC REGARDING CHANGE OF LANDUSE/CONVERSION OF PLOT NO. F-8, BLOCK-5, CLIFTON, KARACHI GRANTED VIDE NO. CDGK/MPGO/MPGO/COM/OC/75/L DATED 06-1-2006. REF: 1) NO.EPA/2010/8/18/EIA/46, Dated 18-10-2010 2) NO.EPA/2010/8/18/EIA/46, Dated 27-10-2010 You are aware that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Government of Sindh while conducting the public hearing on 14th October 2010 on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report has rejected the proposed project on Plot No. F-8, Block-5, Scheme-5, Clifton, Karachi. The Environmental Protection Agency, Government of Sindh has also recommended the MPGO. CDGK vide their above referred letters, for withdrawal/cancellation of subject change of landuse/commercialization. In view of the above, the Competent Authority viz City District Karachi, CDGK vide Resolution No.15, dated 04-11-2010 has withdrawn/cancelled, the said change of Land use NOC and the fee/charges paid by you in this regard may kindly be collected from this office. Copy for Information please: 1. Secretary, Environment & Alternative Energy Department, GOS. 2. Secretary, Local Government Department, Government of Sindh. 3. Chief Controller of Buildings, KBCA 4. EDO, Revenue, CDGK 5. Director General, E.P.A Karachi 6. District Officer (LM-1), CDGK 7. Deputy Secretary (Staff) o Chief Secretary, Government of Sindh. 8. PS to Administrator/DCO CDGK 9. Secretary, Commercialization Committee, CDGK 4th Floor, City District Govt. Complex, University Road, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi-75300, Pakistan District Officer (Com)
  2. 2. Dated: 27th October, 2010 The Executive District Officer, Master Plan, City District Government Karachi. SUBJECT: DECISION ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT (EIA) OF CONSTRUCTION & OPERATION OF NOMAN CASTELLO Enclosed please find copy of the decision of Environmental Impact Assessment report issued by this office regarding construction of proposed multistory building at Plot No. F-8, Block No. 05, Clifton Scheme No.05, Karachi for further necessary action in the matter. Naeem Ahmed Mughal DIRECTOR GENERAL CC to: 1. District Coordination Officer, Karachi. 2. Chief Controller, Karachi Building Control Authority. 3. Managing Director, Karachi Water & Sewerage Board. 4. Managing Director, SuiSouther Gas Company Reference No: EPA/2010/8/18/EIA/46
  3. 3. 26th October, 2010 SUBJECT: DECISION ON ENVIRONMENT IMPACT ASSESSMENT (EIA) 1. Name and Address of Proponent: Mr. Mujtaba Passwala Director, Noman Builders & Developers 2. Description of Project: Construction & Operation of Noman Castello 3. Location of Project: Plot No. F-8, Block No. 05, Clifton Scheme No.05, Karachi 4. Date of Filing of EIA: 18th August, 2010 5. After careful review of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Sindh has decided to reject the project, being contrary to environmental objectives, for the following reasons:- i. Construction of proposed project pertains to commercialization of Khyban-e- Saadi planned for its conversion from low density to high density zone which refers to change of land use from residential status to commercial. The change of such status required that Environmental Impact Assessment of the said cooridor should have been conducted earlier for objectives of assessment of cumulative impacts of high rise structures on environmental resources of the location including of built environment/infrastructure and public utilities, Environmental Impact Assessment conducted for conversion of individual residential plot to construction of multistory building will not serve the purpose to assess the impacts thereof in connection to environment social and ecological resources in the vicinity of Khyan-e-Saadi. Also the mitigation measures stated in the EIA report to address the impact cannot be considered sufficient in isolation of integral approach. ii. That the public hearing held under the regulatory provisions of Pakistan Environmental Protection Act.1997 to listen the concerns of general public and stakeholders concluded that there are grave apprehensions against construction of said project does not meet requirement of sustainable development.
  4. 4. iii. That the construction of proposed building will cause incremental effect on concentration of pollutants in ambient air quality will increase noise levels in the vicinity due to increased vehicular movement in the project area. iv. That construction of proposed building will cause additional burden on sewerage network, water supply system and electricity consumption which will enhance sufferings of local residents. Therefore commercialization in absence of enhanced infrastructure will only be a great nuisance instead of providing benefits of development. v. That the construction of proposed high rise building and subsequent construction on the other plots facing the road side of Khyaban-e-Saadi will adversely affect privacy of many residents living in the backside of the plot, will also lead to devaluation of their property. the residents will also encounter interruption in sun light. Obstruction of wind flow as well as shadow effect of building leading to unaesthetic values in the vicinity. During construction phase the piling work using heavy machinery will cause vibration in subsurface formations which will lead damage to the property of residents in close proximity of the plot. Naeem Ahmed Mughal DIRECTOR GENERAL
  5. 5. Dated: 18th October, 2010 The Executive District Officer, Master Plan, City District Government Karachi. SUBJECT: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF PLOT F-8, BLOCK-5, CLIFTON, KARACHI Dear Sir, Your kind attention is drawn to the objections raised in the public hearing held in response to a Public Notice published in leading newspapers inviting comments from the general public on the Environmental Impact Assessment filed by the owner of above mentioned property on Thursday 14th October 2010. Keeping in view the importance of the issue and in public interest, EPA-Sindh invited your good self to attend the hearing so as to respond to the concerns of stakeholders, but no representative from your organization attended the hearing to respond to the objections. You must be aware that under Category II (I) of Schedule II of the EIA and IEE Regulations 2000 read with the provisions of the Pakistan Environmental Protection Act, 1997 the submission of EIA report is a mandatory requirement prior to allowing commercialization of the roads (change of land use). It may be noted that the same was also accepted by the consultant of the owner of the subject properly at the hearing. In view of the informed decision in the EIA process it is to bring in your knowledge that hundreds of aggrieved persons raised serious concerns and apprehensions due to commercialization of Khyaban-e-Saadi in general as well as commercialization and construction of a multistory building at Plot # F-8 on the said Corridor in particular. A series of justified and well grounded observations recorded in the public hearing are as follows:- Security risks including letter from Police Department saying that increased densification would create a security threat to the residents of the area as well as to sensitive buildings located within the proximity of the area. Adverse health impacts on students included lead poisoning Strain on existing utilities i.e. electricity, sewage and water Reference No: EPA/2010/8/18/EIA/46
  6. 6. Complete disruption of personal privacy of residents of the area Increase in noise pollution No system for disposal or increased solid and liquid waste Devaluation of property on account of commercialization Dangers caused by seismic activity Increased dangers caused by Fire In view of the foregoing HPA, Sindh is of firm opinion that proposed development is against the principles of sustainable development which requires development must be economically viable, socially acceptable and least damaging to environment. Under the circumstances we are seeking action at your end as to whether City District Government Karachi would in light of above consider reversing the commercialization of the plot # F8, Block 5, Clifton, and Khayaban-e-Saadi Corridor. Naeem Ahmed Mughal DIRECTOR GENERAL
  7. 7. Karachi – numero uno ARDESHIR COWASJEE 2007-06-10 UNFORTUNATE it is that President General Pervez Musharraf has chosen to surround himself with Neanderthal men. His Gag-man (if he reads this) should know that there abound in Pakistan men who can get any gagged message or movie onto his PC one night and then onto a thousand other PC screens by dawn the following day. How unfortunate and luckless can the citizens of Pakistan be that they are so mocked by those put in positions of power. Last week there came into my mail box a highly depressing message which concerns all of us who live in Karachi. Excerpts warrant reproduction, just in case they awaken our so- called „leaders‟ into whose hands our government has been delivered, and our administrators who must follow, but who at least can be made aware of what is what and can voice their objections. It came from Engineer Zulfikar Sarosh currently residing in Austin, Texas : ―I am a member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), the largest professional body of electrical engineers. It was after reading an article in ‗Spectrum‘, the flagship publication of IEEE that I decided to write to you. ―This month (June 2007) ‗Spectrum‘ did a special report on mega-cities. Karachi was named twice in that report, both times in a negative light. Since you are one of the few people who take up the real issues (non-political) regarding Karachi, I decided to share this information with you. ―First of all, Karachi has the ‗honour‘ of being the most polluted city in the world. In the words of ‗Spectrum‘, ‗Air Pollution : Particulate matter smaller than 10 micrometers in diameter (pm10) is the most dangerous to human health, because it can pass through the nose and throat and enter the lungs — leading to asthma, lung cancer, cardiovascular problems, and premature death. Of the mega-cities, Karachi, Pakistan, had by far the worst pm10 problem in 1999, the last year for which complete data were available. New York City had the cleanest air.‘ ―If it is any consolation, Karachi was followed by Delhi, Cairo and Dhaka. But they were far behind Karachi. As you may note, this was the data from 1999. I am sure by now the situation must have grown far more serious. I beg you to please write about this issue. I have spent the best years of my life in Karachi and my parents and parents-in-law and most of my family live there, so I have a deep
  8. 8. emotional attachment to the city. This is a very serious issue, as it concerns the health and indeed the very lives of Karachiites. ―The report is available on the internet : http://spectrum.ieee.org/ jun07/5148/3 To see the GDP for mega-cities check out : http://spectrum.ieee.org/jun07/5148 (Karachi is third from the bottom). ―One graph which showed the slum populations is not available online, but was in the print copy and showed Pakistan as having the fifth largest slum population, way behind China and India in numbers. But it also showed that 74 per pent of urban dwellers in Pakistan live in slums (as opposed to 56 per cent in India and 38 per cent in China). ―Another shameful fact appeared in The National Geographic magazine, where, writing about Dharvi, a slum in Mumbai, this is what the author said: ‗In Asia, Karachi's Orangi Township has surpassed Dharvi [as being the largest slum in Asia] .... ―So Karachi has two crowns to wear – one being the most polluted mega-city in the world and second the host of the largest slum in Asia.....bravo Karachi! ―Don‘t forget to don a mask as you go out. You live in the most polluted city. And also don‘t forget the bullet proof vest...I am sure it is also the most unsafe city as well.‖ Now, this being the current state of our city, and with the pm10 problem having surely magnified alarmingly over the space of eight years what can possibly be the justification for the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) to have given its clearance, on June 6, to the City District Government to construct the 25-kilometer long Karachi Elevated Expressway (KEE) which has been rejected by many experts (genuine this time) on the grounds that it is highly environmentally damaging? The sole justification one can think of is that it is another money-making machine, money being the magic that makes our government go round and which is always needed by its honourable members both here and, of course, far off in fair London town. Karachi‟s proposed „road-on-stilts‟, running from Jinnah Bridge to Quaidabad, which I have previously discussed, has been given a go-ahead by SEPA on the basis of „do good, and avoid evil‟. But does this city need, and can it sustain, an elevated expressway? Architects, engineers, planners and advocacy groups think not. Environmental, aesthetic, technical and procedural flaws that have been identified go against it. A cardinal principle for reducing congestion on roads and mitigating adverse traffic impact is that new roads should only be built after all reasonable alternatives for minimising the use of single-occupancy vehicles, that is, cars, have been exhausted. Consequently, the first priority of the city government must be to implement an affordable, comprehensive, and environment-friendly mass transport system in Karachi which will radically reduce the proliferation of polluting, gas-guzzling, noisy, traffic-congesting vehicles that are coming
  9. 9. out onto our roads in their hundreds each day, thanks to our banks and their need to make money out of upwardly mobile unwary citizens. The second priority, which will benefit not only the expressway corridor but the entire city, would be to ensure traffic law compliance/discipline and the removal of road friction (illegal parking, encroachments, etc) on existing thoroughfares. These principles have also been the findings of this week‟s stakeholder workshops organised in Karachi by the Asian Development Bank to examine its „Transport Sector Roadmap‟ for the Karachi Mega City Sustainable Development Project. The expressway has been dangerously designed without emergency lanes/shoulders. While the Malaysian Highway Authority mandates that “All expressways must have at least four lanes (two in each direction) segregated by a median divider. Both sides must have an emergency lane”, the contractors, IJM Berhad from Malaysia (who chose them and how?), propose to provide the citizens of Karachi less than the minimum facilities which are mandatory in their own country. Since the city does not have an overall traffic/transport management plan, isolated projects like the expressway are merely a means of putting public money into private pockets. The questionable contract-award procedure, the lack of transparent details of the „annuity-basis‟ BOT contract, the availability of a superior alternatives (rail for one) for inter-port and upcountry traffic, the increased noise and air pollution, and many other factors would make the project a non-starter in a civilised, clean and sane society. The Director-General of SEPA, responding to questions put to him by architects, engineers and environmentalists at a public hearing in April informed them that the city government had formed a committee of „experts‟ to evaluate all reservations and assured the doubters that problems would be addressed and resolved. Have they been? The city government‟s project director of the KEE is Canadian citizen Rauf Akhtar Farooqui, an OSD (officer on special duty), a great favourite of the Pir of London and his appointed Karachi City Nazim, young Mustafa Kamal who has a Malaysian connection. According to Project Director Farooqui, while discoursing on another „development‟ project, there is no need for such “time-consuming exercises” as environmental impact assessments, when the aim is “rapid development.” This says it all. Long may we live, healthily – breathing polluted air. arfc@cyber.net.pk
  10. 10. Castles on dung heaps? By Ardeshir Cowasjee Jun 18, 2011 GEORGE Burns, the comedian who generated laughter up to the age of 100 (much to be said for having a sense of humour), once wryly observed: “The secret of success is sincerity. If you can fake that, you‟ve got it made!” This is a recipe our politicians and bureaucrats love: while crafting devious schemes to line their own and their cronies’ pockets, they exude ‘sincerity’ by claiming that all being done is in the ‘supreme national interest’. One such recent scam is the Sindh High Density Development Board Act 2010 promulgated in May last year. At the time, this column explained how, in 2008, the president of the republic had commissioned the Karachi (now Sindh) Building Control Authority (SBCA) to promote the construction of 100-storey high-rises to stimulate the flagging economies of the provincial cities. The SBCA sprang into action: obtained 17 consultancy proposals from around the world, formed an advisory committee of 11 prominent architects who researched issues and submitted sensible recommendations (establish a supra Planning and Development Authority, designate limited low-rise/high-rise high-density zones based on urban-planning studies, create an Oversight Committee with minimum 50 per cent representation of citizens from professional, building, commerce and industry, academic and NGO fields), drafted three versions of a High Density Bill for Sindh, and finally had one passed based on a compromise basis — the governor (MQM) and the chief minister (PPP) would be at the helm of affairs. Most of the architects’ recommendations were ignored or diluted. Besides the district nazim, the other seven board members were government-wallahs, none of them town- planners.
  11. 11. Similar arrogance (and short-sightedness) was displayed by the Sindh government earlier this year when it presented the Protection and Prohibition of Amenity Plots Bill authorising the Assembly (apparently full of urban planners) to decide which amenity plots were no longer needed and could be converted to residential/commercial use. It turned out to be a ploy to sponsor land-grabbing. The detailed intent of this avaricious High Density Act 2011 was finally exposed with the notification last month of the Sindh High Density Development (Rules & Procedures) 2001. Without technical studies of the urban areas involved, rules have been arbitrarily made to increase the amount of construction permitted. In high-density zones, residential plots will now be used for commercial and high-rise purposes by merely paying a fee (existing procedures only allow change of land-use on 28 designated roads, which Sepa has ruled require an entire road EIA study to protect the environment from degradation). Numerous plots can now be amalgamated without any limitation of size, radically altering the character of residential neighbourhoods when, say, five 1,000 sq yd plots are combined to form a 5,000 sq yd plot. Height-related setbacks of buildings (required for light penetration) have been eliminated. Parking requirements are totally inadequate. Allowable sizes of buildings on residential plots have been boosted by over eight times on plots between 3,000-5,000 sq yds and by over 12 times for plots over 5,000 sq yds. The corresponding demands of the building occupants for scarce water, fluctuating electricity, sewerage, gas, garbage collection, road traffic, parks, playgrounds, hospitals, police stations, and other amenities/facilities will swell by the same proportion. In a number of landmark judgments, our Supreme Court has quoted the Encyclopedia Britannica on the social goals of modern city planning: orderly arrangement of areas: residential, business, industrial, etc; efficient system of circulation/transport; optimum standards: plot size, sunlight, green spaces, parking, building spacing; safe, sanitary and comfortable housing; recreation, schools and community services; water supply, sewerage, utilities and public services. Further, analysing the interests of developers and builders (who some erroneously consider ‘stakeholders’ in the urban development process), Britannica goes on to say: “Zoning and sub-division controls. … It was realized [in the US], after bitter
  12. 12. experience with suburban land speculations in the 1920s, that the interest of the owner and developer of raw land is sometimes temporary and purely financial, while the urban community must live with the results for generations afterward.” A thorn in the side of builders / developers and their government patrons countrywide is the aerodrome-safeguarding requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Within a radius of about 15km of an airport runway, and above an increasing height up to 155 metres (less than 40 stories), no obstruction can be erected. Consequently, proposed buildings within these limits have to obtain NOCs from the CAA before proceeding to other government approvals. In Karachi, the three aerodromes at Jinnah International, Faisal and Mauripur Air Force bases have thrown a spanner into the works of many ambitious entrepreneurs, e.g., the 47-storey „I.T. Tower‟ at Civic Centre became unviable in 2008 when the CAA approved only 38 floors. There are movers and shakers in Pakistan whose plots in Karachi (which they wish to exploit to the maximum) fall within the affected radii of these aerodromes. Last week at a meeting convened at the presidency, CAA officials had to reluctantly insist that, firstly, even government buildings could not override these requirements, and secondly, the NOCs, under International Civil Aviation Organisation rules, could not be issued by the SBCA. If this were done, international flights (the few that remain) would refuse to come to Karachi because of flight hazards. A seminar in Karachi this past Thursday had a sizable group of architects, engineers, town-planners, environmentalists and concerned citizens recommending to the government that the urban-planning of Sindh’s cities be based on the original architects’ committee’s submissions, be carried out by master-planning experts not by a building control agency, be kept simple and realistic, be done at the local level and not by Islamabad, cater to all residents (especially the ever-increasing over 60 per cent katchi abadi groups) not just the two per cent super-rich, and be provided requisite utilities and physical/social infrastructure in advance. As remarked one participant, we cannot build castles on dung heaps. arfc@cyber.net.pk
  13. 13. [                                      Original Plot 5 & 6 / CF-5 Clifton Quarter (9,436 sqyds = 1.95 acres) housing the Hussain D’Silva Park apartments, shown in the KDA Scheme-5 layout. The rest of the plot is the amenity Bagh-e-Ibn-e-Qasim. New Plot 5 & 6 / CF-5 Clifton Quarter (17,336 sqyds = 3.58 acres) housing the Bahria Town Icon Towers project, as occupied on the ground (7,900 sqyds = 1.63 acres extra, which comes out of amenity Bagh-e-Ibn-e-Qasim)
  14. 14. LLaanndd  IIssssuueess        WWhheerree  ddiidd  tthhee                       eexxttrraa  11..6633  aaccrreess   ccoommee  ffrroomm??   HHooww  ddiidd  rreessiiddeennttiiaall   &&  aammeenniittyy  ssppaacceess     ggeett  ccoommmmeerrcciiaalliizzeedd??   Comparison of the Original and New Plot 5 & 6 / CF-5 Clifton Quarter

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