Taiser Town is located in the north-eastern part of Karachi. Spread over 20,570 acres of land, it is an affordable housing project for the low-income group. The residential scheme was initially developed by Malir Development Authority. When Lyari Expressway was being built, people living alongside Lyari River for generations were asked to evacuate. Later, the government provided them with monetary compensation and housing at Taiser Town.
The area is being developed by the Engineering Consultants International Limited (ECIL), which has made a name for itself in the Pakistani real estate industry. Taiser Town Scheme offers almost all of the facilities that any major town in a metropolis like Karachi should possess. There are wide roads that divide the housing society into blocks, sectors, commercial and residential areas. It has around 96 sectors and several neighborhoods named Garden City Phase 45, Fazaia Housing Scheme, Noman Lake Villas, Noman Lake City, Gulshan-e-Arham, Salfia Town, Gulshan-e-Noor, Hassan Goth, Yasrab Colony, Mir Khan Goth, Duchoor Dara Goth and Ajmer Goth.
Karachi Northern Bypass (M-10) is a four-lane, 57 km long highway, of which 38 km runs through Taiser Town. It is an important artery that is expected to become the most developed commercial corridor in the city.
AT A GLANCE
Taiser Town is an affordable housing area. Another feature that adds to its impressive profile is that there are a number of options for commuters. From buses to motor bikes, rickshaws and qingqi rickshaws, Taiser Town provides a variety of transport facilities to its residents. Also, people living in the locality, have easy access to a number of buses for different routes all over the city. Bus D-10 stops at Khuda ki Basti bus station, which is always bustling with people from morning till night. Other bus stations are Lyari bus stop, Green Terminal, Afghani1 bus stop, Saddique Akbar Chowk bus stop and Lyari 36 market bus stop connecting Taiser Town with the rest of Karachi.
Residents of Taiser Town have a number of markets that sell everyday grocery items. Jamal Golden market, Nana Usman superstore and Northern Awami market are some of the most-visited grocery stores in Taiser Town. As New Karachi, Malir Cantt and Gulshan-e-Maymar are located adjacent to Taiser Town, residents have many options: MashaAllah superstore, a 27-minute drive, in Gulzar-e-Hijri, Naheed supermart, a 38-minute drive, in Shadman Town, and Imtiaz supermarket, an 11-minute drive, in Gulshan-e-Maymar.
As soon as people hear the call to prayer, they head to different make-shift mosques in the vicinity. Jamia Masjid Khalid bin Waleed is one of them, located in Sector 51-H in Lyari Basti. It is a make-shift mosque and the Imam of the mosque has appealed the residents for donations to further develop it. Some places of worship like Dawat-e-Islami, Masjid Hudal lil Alimeen, Azeemia Jamia Masjid and Masjid-e-Quba are well-constructed mosques located in the vicinity.
Taiser Town has scores of primary and secondary schools. There are schools with separate Montessori sections as well. Parents get their children enrolled at The Citizens Foundation located in Khuda ki Basti. The school building has airy, well-lighted classrooms, a playground, library and a science laboratory to ensure students learn in a congenial environment. Other notable schools of the area are Amal-e-Danish School, Saadi Public School, Karachi Cambridge School, Lyari Expressway Resettlement Project (LERP) School and Holy Mountain School.
A few intermediate colleges, including TCF secondary school – AKU Medical College is located in Taiser Town. Moreover, just a short distance away are few popular intermediate colleges i.e. Govt. Degree College for Girls (a 23-minute drive in Surjani Town), Bright Future College of Nursing (a 10-minute drive in Sector X, Gulshan-e-Maymar), Noor-e-Hamza Islamic College (an 8-minute drive in Sector X, Gulshan-e-Maymar). Also, among institutes of higher learning, Hamdard University, a 16-minute drive away from Taiser Town, is a top-rated university. It is located on Northern Bypass, along the Hub River, touching the borders of Balochistan. It offers academic programs in multiple disciplines, the most popular of which are eastern medicine, engineering sciences and health and medical sciences. Ziauddin University (North Nazimabad campus) is a 34-minute drive away. Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology and Federal Urdu University can be reached within 36 minutes.
Al Huda Trust Hospital is located in Gulshan-e-Noor, which is a popular housing area within Taiser Town. For any common ailments, people go to nearby hospitals and clinics like Tariq Medical Centre in Gulshan-e-Ghazi. It is a 20-minute drive from Taiser Town. It takes around half an hour by road to reach Aurangzeb Memorial Maternity and General Hospital, a welfare hospital, in North Karachi. Another hospital by the name of Dr. Ausaf Clinic and General Hospital is a 26-minute drive away in North Karachi.
Home buyers take a look at a number of factors like accessibility, proximity to educational institutions, security of an area and, most importantly, the price of a unit, before making a real estate investment. A 5 marla house in Taiser Town can be bought in the price range of PKR 25 lakh to PKR 35 lakh. Prices shoot up to PKR 50 lakh for 5 marla double-storey houses in popular areas such as Salafia Society and Chayell Dreams.
Taiser Town is a large neighbourhood that provides affordable investment options to many. It mostly has plot files up for sale at the moment. The price for 120 sq yd plot files in Taiser Town can be anywhere between PKR 3 lakh to PKR 10 lakh. There are 120 sq yd plots up for sale in Taiser Town with affordable prices ranging in between PKR 3 lakh and PKR 55 lakh. There are 240 sq yd plots also up for sale at a price ranging between PKR 8 lakh to PKR 40 lakh.
Developers of Taiser Town have in the plan to build shopping malls for the convenience of the residents. For the time being, Lakhani Blessing and Latif Shopping Centre are the two shopping malls that cater to the needs of residents. People head to Omega Mall for budget-friendly options. It is in New Karachi, situated at a 24-minute drive. It is in its development phase, only a few shops have opened up. Lucky One Mall, on Rashid Minhas Road is at a 28-minute drive.
Taiser Town offers various fine dining and fast food options within the area. You can eat out at Darbar Restaurant, Balouch Hotel, Hot Pot Restaurant and Pakwan Centre, Marhaba Pakwan, Iqbal Restaurant and BarBQ, Zahid Hotel and Qazi Hot & Tasty Roll. A few popular eateries are also located in close proximity to Taiser Town. People visit Fish Corner, in Gulshan-e-Maymar, which is at a 10-minute drive. Spicy and succulent Fish karahi and delicious Irani grilled fish are the most delectable dishes served at Fish Corner. Residents can also explore other restaurants on Superhighway, like Sajjad restaurant and Al Habib restaurant, which can be reached within 20 minutes.
Residents of Taiser Town have access to a number of sports facilities, within and outside its premises. Sports lovers can play a game of cricket at Azeemi cricket ground, located in Surjani Town. Moreover, a number of cricket grounds exist in New Karachi and Gulshan-e-Maymar. Pak Folks cricket ground is a famous cricket ground in sector 5/c, New Karachi. Naya Nazimabad cricket ground is at a 39-minute drive. A few football grounds are also located nearby. Pak Asian football ground, Rahbar sports football ground and Young Patni football ground are popular sports avenues among children and adults alike. A few fitness centres can be found nearby. World Body Building Fitness Club is at a 29-minute drive away. It has advanced fitness machines and the physical trainer suggests different diet plans and work-out routines to keep you in shape.
There are many parks in the neighborhood. Anyone wishing to take a quick stroll in the park can head to Garden City Park, located in Block G, Garden City and Gulshan-e-Muhammad park. People who like outdoor activities can plan family picnics at various farmhouses and water parks located in close vicinity. Sunrise water park and farmhouses offer exciting water slides and rides. They charge PKR 350/- per head.
For people who like to look after themselves, there are many options in Taiser Town. Areej Beauty Parlor, Asma’s Beauty Clinic And Institute, Bajees Beauty Parlor, House Of Beauty, Al Munira Beauty Salon, Farzana’s Beauty Salon and Trends Beauty Salon and Spa are some of the popular spots, all of which are a short distance away.
Taiser Town is surrounded by a number of densely populated housing societies. Gulshan-e-Maymar is at a 10-minute drive. Dreamworld resort and golf course is only 9 minutes away. New Karachi, a popular housing area, is at a 23-minute drive. While, North Nazimabad is 42 minutes away.
With the objective to meet the shelter demand of low & middle income people & create another economic base in the north-east of Karachi as a growth pole to enhance housing and commercial development, the Taiser Town Scheme was notified in the year 1986, as a KDA Scheme. Later, It was handed over to the Malir Development Authority (MDA) in 1996.
Taiser Town (Scheme-45), situated in the north eastern part of Karachi is constituted over Deh Mokhi, Deh Nangan, Deh Bijar-ji-Buthi and Deh Taiser and is spread over an area admeasuring 20570 acres, and houses gross population of 2.5 million people when fully developed.
The Scheme has been planned by Engineering Consultants International Limited (ECIL), the Consultants of International repute, with experience of the works in 19 different countries of the world, adopting the concepts of town planning followed in the modern world yet following the planning regulations of Karachi Building and Town Planning Regulations.
The Scheme encompasses all the land uses, amenities and facilities that any small city or a large town should posses, with especial focus on wide roads and alleys dividing various planned residential, commercial and amenities blocks and sectors; a huge battery of reservoirs for water supply, treatment plants for treating the waste effluent, with especial consideration for waste water recycling and water harvesting, and spaces for power supply grid stations, with emphases on parks and play grounds providing a healthy environment for the residents.
The Karachi Northern Bypass (M-10) a 4-lane highway passes through the Taiser Town commencing from the end of the Jinnah Avenue / M M Alam Road, near the junction of the M9, runs for 57 Km with 38 Km through the Taiser Town area.
An urban commercial corridor with land astride Karachi Northern By-Pass (KNB) measuring 300 meters on either side has been planned for high-rise and high-end land uses of international standards for national and international investors. It would be a high density highly commercial corridor with some land reserved for mixed uses including residential land uses and some for industrial based commercial activities. The commercial buildings shall be 12 story tall buildings with one or two basement floors for parking, as appropriate and as needed for the planned land uses. 140 feet wide major roads have been planned to run along the KNB ROW with service roads towards the corridor. Also about 180 to 200 feet strip has been planned for high end land uses. Where the proposed activities are of low height, all such activities have been segregated from the high end high rise land uses by providing appropriate roads in between, with excess to all such activities through 120 feet wide major roads with service road towards the Corridor. These 120 feet wide roads shall separate the Corridor from the adjacent Taiser Town Scheme on either side.
In future, KNB Corridor would prove to be another economic base and growth pole of Karachi Metropolitan City will make the township another Metropolitan Center of Karachi District, relieving pressure on the existing CBD and other inner city areas.
PROPOSED LAND USES AND PLANNING CONCEPT
Predominantly a Low Income housing scheme with 50% area for 80 & 120 sq. yds. Plots Allocation of ample space for future expansion of authorized Goths with all basic services and amenities.Emphasis on environment-friendly developmentrn Consolidation of balanced private land in same Deh Adjustment of approved layout plans of Private Developers / Builders & Co-operative Housing Societies within the overall plan of the Scheme. Retention of existing private sector resorts & provision for new recreation facilities. Retaining the existing roads & services corridor plan with vertical housing‚ commercial‚ food square & other community amenities.Conforming to the Existing Karachi Building and Town Planning Regulations – 2002 (Amended – 2005)
LAND USE PLANNING CONSIDERATIONS
Planning of the area has been carried out following the physical features and the existing conditions and land uses at site‚ with the effort to retain and accommodate the existing developments in the proposed land use plan.
PROPOSED LAND USES
Facilities and services proposed to be located in the Taiser Town area shall comprise Residential Sectors‚ Vertical Building (Mixed use including amenities & facilities)‚ Commercial facilities and Amenities including Parks & Playgrounds (around 10% of the scheme)‚ Schools‚ Colleges‚ Religious Buildings such as Mosques / Imam bargah / Religious Buildings‚ Library‚ Cyber Ville and IT Park‚ Treatment Plant at Lyari-Mokhi Confluence‚ Oxidation Ponds‚ Recreation Resort around Nilofer Hill with Water Reservoir at the top‚ Hospitals / Polyclinics‚ Public Buildings‚ Offices of Utility Departments‚ Local Commercial Areas‚ Wedding Complex Halls / Lawn‚ Telephone Exchanges‚ Community Centers‚ Auditorium & Bus Terminal‚ Small Industry‚ Local Post & E-mail Offices‚ Garbage Collection Points‚ Commercial-cum-Amenities Centers‚ Fire Brigade Stations‚ Police Stations‚ Utility Offices‚ Parking Areas‚ Hawker’s Market / Food Courts‚ Eid Ghah‚ Public Toilets (on every 1000 res. units).The proposed land uses in the Karachi Northern Bypass commercial corridor shall include commercial‚ institutional‚ mixed use‚ future planning‚ public building‚ Educational Institutes and parks & playgrounds etc. Besides‚ reservation of KNB Corridor would accommodate the metropolitan administrative offices‚ recreational‚ commercial‚ educational centers of international standards.
Taiser Town is a ray of hope for those who can’t afford houses or plots in relatively expensive areas like Gulshan-e-Iqbal and North Nazimabad. While some of the sectors are fully developed, there are areas that are under construction. It offers good options for those looking for long-term investments. Many amenities like shopping malls, restaurants, cafes, and entertainment venues will be built in the area.