City by the Sea: The Future of Karachi’s Coastline

The current development projects along Karachi’s coast are having an adverse effect on its residents and the environment. Mangroves that are a barrier against storms and cyclones, and nurseries for migratory birds, fish and crustaceans are being cut down by the timber mafia with abandon. Industrial and domestic sewage by the city’s 18 million inhabitants is released untreated into the sea, causing great harm to fishing communities and coastal wetlands. And yet, grand mega projects like “Diamond Bar Island City” and “Sugar Land City” are being planned on more than 68,000 acres along the coast, while the needs of the city’s original inhabitants are being neglected.

This documentary explores alternatives to haphazard development along Karachi’s coastline in light of the basic principles of urban planning. Language: Sindhi

Producers: Shehri CBE and Getz Pharma Pakistan

Thanks to Mahera Omar.


  1. The documentary is very well documented and suggesting practical solutions for such persisting problems in our bigger cities like Karachi. We need to wake up from our years long slumber before mother nature would decide to start its revenge in the form of disasters upon us.

  2. Karachi’s seaside at Clifton and Hawkesbay is being destroyed by these unscruplous developers and the Sindh Government should work to restore the beaches of Karachi for recreational purpose before the matter gets out of hand, if it has not been done so already. What are the authorities doing about it/??

  3. I arrived in Karachi when my father was transferred from Poona to Karachi in 1946, we came to Pakistan when my father was placed by the British Army to manage the local for the taking all Arsenal to be given to Pakistan. Charles Wilson, had said correctly. Once Government used to there sindhi

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