KARACHI: Sindh Governor Dr.Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan has said that the share of Karachi in Pakistan’s tourist market is minimal despite the fact that it has a rich history supported by artisans, craftsman, musicians and historical buildings.
Addressing the ground breaking ceremony of “Eduljee Dinshaw Road” project here on Tuesday, he said it will help the city’s down town to restore some of its lost glory and showcase the two important buildings.
He said this project is a public-private partnership, the first of its kind in Pakistan for restoration of public place.
The Governor said that the Customs House, Karachi having taken the lead role in restoring the road and two architectural masterpieces of the city, Karachi Port Trust building and the Imperial Custom House, which is commendable.
This project shall not only create a visitor friendly area but will also enable the residents of the area a decent place to spend quality time during the evenings.
In Karachi not only these two buildings but other buildings also need attention to its revival so on my directives, KMC under the guidelines of Commissioner Karachi initiated for revival of Empress Market and its surroundings, he added.
He said the restoration of old Mandar on Eduljee Dinshaw road is also part of this project.
The next phase of the project includes cleaning up of the area and introduction of local cuisine, eateries, introduction of arts and crafts, sports activities in the area with the active support of the Karachi Port Trust.
This will also help generate employment and encourage Karachi’s artisans’, sculptors, musicians and painters who long to showcase their skills before the visitors and earn their livelihood, the Governor added.
Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Administrator KMC Rauf Akhtar Farooqui, Customs and KPT officials and Shahid Abdullah, the architect of the project were also present on the occasion.