Karachi: The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation has approached the Consulate General of different countries in the city to adopt a portion each of one of the biggest parks of Pakistan in Karachi - Bagh Ibne Qasim - near the city’s Clifton coastline.
Karachi’s Administrator Iftikhar Ali Shallwani said that the Bagh Ibne Qasim, which was spread over 130 acres area, was one of the biggest parks of the country.
He said that funds and municipal staffers were required in large number to keep the park in good condition.
“For the purpose, we have decided to create different enclosures in the park as each portion will represent a particular country,” said the city’s administrator.
“Different countries will be formally invited to adopt a portion of the park to ensure its maintenance in accordance with their particular cultural heritage. This will allow visitors of the park who belong to different parts of Pakistan to know about culture, civilization, and history of different countries,” he said.
Shallwani said that he had discussed this issue with the consuls general of different countries posted in the city as they were willing to adopt a portion of the park for this purpose.
He said that such a methodology would be used to ensure maintenance of the park and keep it attractive for its visitors.
Free for public
He said that the entry to the park after its reopening after the coronavirus emergency, would be free of charge to facilitate the general public.
He said that a proposal was under consideration to set up special movable food stalls in the park for the visitors as additional civil works and construction was not allowed there for provision of such recreational services.
Karachi’s administrator said that the Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim would host different cultural programmes allowing the citizens to spend quality time at the recreational spot.
The park will also host different official programmes and meetings to help generate funds required to maintain the park.
Different government and non-governmental organizations have been taking interest to establish and run a fish aquarium in the park.
The timings of the park will be from 9am to 6pm till the time all the light towers there are repaired and made operational.
Last year Prime Minister Imran Khan performed re-inauguration of Bagh Ibn-e-Qassim after its renovation following years of neglect.