Jehangir Kothari Parade

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Jehangir Kothari Parade
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Jehangir Kothari Parade and Pavilion
Used for those deceased 10 February 1919 -
Established 5 January 1920.

Jehangir Kothari Parade (Urdu: جهانگیر کوٹهاری پریڈ ‎) is a promenade (waterfront elevated sandstone public walkway) built on land bequeathed or donated by Seth Jehangir Hormusji Kothari to the city of Karachi back in 1919.[1]

It is situated on a hilltop in the Clifton area of the city famous for its Seaview Beach on the Arabian Sea which was built in 1919 and opened to Karachi public in 1920. There are two structures: the Promenade Pavilion and the Pier of the complex (elevated sandstone public walkway) which is named after Lady Lloyd, wife of then Governor of Bombay Sir George Lloyd.[2] This is evident in the marble plaque embedded in the pier wall that reads, "Lady Lloyd Pier".[2]

Construction[edit]

Inspired by Lady Lloyd, this promenade pier and pavilion was constructed at a cost of approximately British-Indian Rupees 300,000 (1920 currency value of equivalent British pound sterling), (use this currency converter link to convert the value of 1920 British-Indian Rupees to 1920 British pound sterling)[3] and was donated to the people of Karachi by Mr Jahangir Hormusji Kothari. The pavilion structure was inaugurated by Lady Lloyd on 5 January 1920 while the pier was inaugurated on 21 March 1921.[2]

Renovation[edit]

In June 2005, City District Government Karachi (CDGK) started extensive renovation work of the promenade pier and pavilion. The project covered the surrounding large area on both sides of Lady Lloyd Pier and after some delays, the project was finally inaugurated on February 27, 2007 by the then President Pervez Musharraf. The finished project became Pakistan's largest park, Bagh Ibne Qasim. It was constructed on 130 acres of land around the pier and the newly formed park was named as Bagh Ibne Qasim in memory of the 8th century Arab Muslim conqueror Muhammad Bin Qasim.[4]

Development status in December, 2005[edit]

The park consists of extensive lighting, pathways and lush green spaces. The Lady Loyd Pier runs down the middle of the park providing spectacular views. 'Bin Qasim' park - as it is popularly referred to by locals - shares the vicinity with another park, called Beach Park. This beautiful park is spread over an area of 47 acres and has been constructed along the city's coastal driveway on the South.[5] The shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi is situated close by.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKCpTUTD0qI, Videoclip of Jehangir Kothari Parade on YouTube, Retrieved 31 July 2016
  2. ^ a b c http://www.dawn.com/news/880469/hit-parade, Jehangir Kothari Parade on Dawn newspaper, Published 18 Oct 2009, Retrieved 31 July 2016
  3. ^ http://u16201083.onlinehome-server.com/currency-converter/british-pound-sterling-gbp_inr-indian-rupee.htm/1920, Use this currency converter link to convert values of currencies in 1920 from British-Indian Rupees to British Pound Sterlings, Retrieved 31 July 2016
  4. ^ http://www.dawn.com/news/235026/karachi-president-vows-two-islands-project-will-continue-bagh-ibne-qasim-inaugurated, Bagh Ibne Qasim inaugurated, Published 28 Feb 2007, Retrieved 31 July 2016
  5. ^ http://www.dawn.com/news/169524/karachi-beach-park-opening-today, 'Beach Park' (part of the large waterfront complex) opening today, Dawn newspaper, Published 12 Dec 2005, Retrieved 1 Aug 2016

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 24°48′49″N 67°01′33″E / 24.8136°N 67.0258°E / 24.8136; 67.0258