KARACHI, Aug 3: A meeting of the steering committee of the DHA City Karachi (DCK) was told on Wednesday that the master planning of the project would be completed by the end of September this year.

The meeting of the DCK steering committee was chaired by DHA Administrator Brig Aamer Raza Qureshi.

It reviewed the advanced stage of the DCK’s master planning.

DCK Project Director retired Brig Rafique informed the meeting that DCK’s master planning was being done by a consortium of globally distinguished town planning and architectural consultants and it would be completed on schedule by the end of September.

He said that the completion of the master planning exercise would be followed by balloting for plot numbering.

Around 20,000 residential and commercial plots of different sizes were allotted in DCK Phase-I in Nov 2009 without giving plot numbers pending completion of master planning.

The DHA administrator appreciated the approach adopted for development of the DCK’s master planning model incorporating modern design features, including earmarking of adequate open and green spaces, parking lots, spacious roads and separate amenities, commercial and recreational areas, etc, in accordance with contemporary architectural concepts.

He said that the project had been planned in a manner that it would provide modern, secure and comfortable living environments to its residents.

DCK’s lead concept planner Prof Spiro Pollalis highlighted the details of sector development plan, landscape planning, streets planning and key features of residential sector, central business zone, downtown district, educational and healthcare facilities and details of parametric planning.

He said that plot numbering in the residential sector had been done in a flexible manner to optimally utilise the allocated area.

As a result extra spaces had been created in the area and some extra size plots would now be available, he added.

DCK Consultant’s team leader Arif Osmani presented the DCK transportation plan comprising a myriad of road networks, major intersections, collector roads, service roads, roundabout, one way regimes and concept of using maximum public transport.

The public transport concept consisted of two street cars trams, articulated modern buses, pedestrian areas and parking lots, etc, encouraging use of public transport instead of private vehicles and of developing a culture of walking/cycling for short distances in the DCK.