Machar Colony: The Notable Area of Karachi, Sindh

Machar Colony or Machiara Colony is believed to be one of the neighborhoods of Kiamari Town in Karachi citySindh province, Pakistan. Several people in the neighborhood are engaged in the fishing industry and consequently the area is also termed as Fisherman’s Colony.

There are many ethnic groups in Colony. Bengalis from Bangladesh make up the majority of residents, but numerous other groups are represented, involving: Muhajirs, Sindhis, Punjabis, Kashmiris, Memons, Bohras, Ismailis and Christians.

Machar Colony is Leased on 6-3-2012, Are Under occupation 69-00 acres, Aprox unit 4200 by Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel member National Assembly Na-239 west Karachi. Machar Colony’s total population is assumed to be almost 700,000 people, a majority of them being children between ages 5 and 15. Over 41% of Karachi’s population lives in unregulated neighborhoods (katchi abadis). Machar Colony is also amongst the biggest (maybe the biggest) of Karachi’s over 550 unregulated neighborhoods.

Most individuals in Colony are employed by the fishing industry as shrimp peelers, fishermen, fish cleaners, or laborers in the ship breaking industry. The few flourishing businessmen that the colony has produced are in the fishing business, which is nearly exclusively dominated by the Bengalis. The other ethnicity that has an important presence in the Colony are Sindhis.

 

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