KARACHI: Administrator Karachi Saqib Ahmed Soomro on Thursday said Empress Market (old Shahabuddin Market) had started being constructing in the heart of Karachi. Its completion would solve the vehicle parking problems in Saddar, besides promoting trade and commercial activities in the city.
“KMC has hastened its construction work and the project would be completed as soon as possible,” he said while holding the balloting draw for the shops of Empress Mall in the first phase of the project at the Civic Center in the presence of the applicants.
Financial Advisor Afaq Saeed, Senior Director Transport & Communication Muhammed Ather, Director Pubic Housing Sabahul Islam and other officers were also present on the occasion.
The administrator Karachi said the project was delayed in the past however, following the directive of Provincial Minister for Local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon work on it had resumed speedily.
“In the first phase balloting of the shops is held today and shops are being allotted to 277 applicants who have succeeded in the draw. The allottees should now submit the remaining amount as soon as possible which will be spent on the construction works of the project so that they could be given ownership rights of the shops at the earliest,” he said.
Soomro said the applications for the second phase of the project would be called soon, whereas work on the settlement of affectees of old Shahabuddin Market would also begin soon.
This may be noted that space for 445 shops was available on the ground, mezzanine and first floor of the project for which a total of 277 applications were received by KMC. The allocation letters will be handed over to the successful applicants in the next two weeks.