Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Saturday inaugurated ‘Manora Waterfront Beach’, a recently completed project worth Rs650 million in Karachi’s Kemari district, in a bid to increase the number of recreational facilities in the metropolis.
The newly-developed beach is one of the most beautiful recreational places the government has developed to provide a safe, secure, and clean family recreational place for the people of this city, said the chief minister while speaking to media at the inauguration ceremony.
“We are also planning to develop a jetty at Seaview to start a ferry service from Clifton area to Manora beach,” he said.
The ceremony was attended by provincial ministers including Nasir Hussain Shah, Syed Sardar Shah, Administrator Karachi Murtaza Wahab and others.
“The project is a part of an overall development scheme for Karachi… this will provide recreational facilities to the residents,” the CM said.
The main objective of developing such facilities and places is to attract visitors which will “eventually improve the development of this area” and generate revenues, he said, adding that the main attraction Karachi is its beaches and coastline which distinct the port city from the rest of the country.
He said that due to the dearth of entertainment avenues, especially for middle and lower middle class families, people only rush to Sea view, Hawkes Bay and other underdeveloped beaches.
“Since those destinations are just beaches and not developed thus they got stale, there is a dire need of some new developments to provide an area for public refreshment,” he said.
The chief minister said that it would be the first developed beach in Karachi and added the proposed design has all the needs required for a family entertainment in a secure environment.
The chief minister said that two years back he had visited Manora and was given a detailed briefing about the need for the area development. “Despite Covid and other issues we developed the area,” he said.
The CM said that Manora has a rich history. “It is said that the fleet of Alexander the Great had anchored at Manora and then during the Talpur era a port was developed to protect the city.”
After completion of the project, he said, it would be handed over to Manora Cantonment and hoped that the area would remain open to public.
He also announced developing Allama Iqbal Park in the city’s Gulberg area.