Zulfiqarabad: The Newly Proposed City of Thatta District, Sindh

Zulfiqarabad (Urdu: ذُوالفقارآباد‎) is a proposed new city in the district of ThattaSindh province, Pakistan around 150 kilometers south-east from the city of Karachi.

Zulfiqarabad Development Authority was developed in the year of 2010 to establish and operate the city. The same year 60,000 acres (242 square kilometer) of land was identified by the Government of Sindh in Southern Sindh. The proposal further states a development of a port in Keti Bandar to be connected to the city. The project is likely to be expanded to 1.32 million acres of land across four talukas of Thatta district, Jati, Shah Bunder, Keti Bunder and Kharo Chhan. Authorities plan to reclaim 0.967 million acres of land from the sea.

In accordance to IUCN, the project would likely have negative affect of the project on Marho Kotri Wildlife Sanctuary. Left wing groups have identified 4 talukas of Thatta, 480 villages, 6 archaeological sites, 17 creeks of the Indus delta, 223 kilometers of a coastal belt and over 400,000 individuals at risk of displacement.

 

 

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