Recently, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah inaugurated a tourism project worth Rs. 650 million at the Manora Waterfront Beach. The project is part of the larger objective of the government to increase quality and affordable tourism by providing standard recreational facilities in the metropolis. The quality of the tourist location has gradually deteriorated in the past few years and now there is a lack of safe, secure, and clean family recreational space in the vicinity. Besides the Manora Waterfront Beach in the Kemari District, the government also aims to start a ferry service from the Clifton area to Manora beach.
Previously, the Manora beach had not been utilized properly due to a lack of facilities like seating, dining areas, restaurants and cleanliness. The project will provide these basic facilities and help Karachi regain its share of tourists. Karachi’s primary tourist attraction is its beaches because of the city’s vast coastline. The Manora waterfront beach will be an affordable tourist destination for middle and lower-middle-income classes.
The Manora beach development project is part of the larger Karachi Transformation Plan (KTP) which was introduced by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) in December last year. Under a PKR 1.1 trillion plan, several major infrastructure projects have been introduced which includes the Karachi Port Trust, Green Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) and fright corridor, and K-IV water supply project.