At a key session during the Proptech & Smartech Convention ’23, Brig. Hasan Raza of Emaar Pakistan delivered a comprehensive speech on the Mal Expressway project and its impact on Karachi’s urban landscape. His experience and affiliation with the project provided a unique perspective on the city’s developmental challenges and potential solutions.
Initiating the talk, Brig. Raza extended his appreciation to the event organizers and delved into the history of the Mal Expressway, a project with deep roots yet unmaterialized potential. He recalled Karachi’s transformation from a small fishing hamlet to a bustling metropolis, thanks to its strategic location and British colonial influence. Emphasizing Karachi’s growth from the capital city to the industrial hub of Pakistan, he pointed out the challenges of unstructured growth and the resulting transportation nightmares.
Transitioning to the present, Brig. Raza highlighted the urgent need for structured urban expansion to manage Karachi’s growing population and housing shortage. He cited the JAICA report from 2012, which predicted Karachi becoming one of the world’s most populous cities by 2030, to underline the critical need for well-planned suburban development and efficient transportation linkages like the Mal Expressway.
In conclusion, Brig. Hasan Raza’s speech at the convention shed light on the crucial role of strategic infrastructure projects like the Mal Expressway in addressing Karachi’s urban challenges. His insights underscore the importance of visionary planning and execution to ensure sustainable and efficient urban growth in one of Pakistan’s most significant cities.
For a detailed understanding of Brig. Hasan Raza’s vision for Karachi’s urban development and the Mal Expressway project, watch his full speech here.