On August 21, 2019, Shehri - Citizen For Better Environment organized a one-day training workshop on “Consultation on Accessible and Safe Street Resolution with Elected Representatives” (Revitalizing the Old City) in Marriott Hotel, Karachi on collaboration with “Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNFF)”
Shehri was recently working on a project named “Climate Efficient Urban Mobility and Smart City Growth” and within the ongoing project framework, Shehri launched an ‘Accessible Streets & Public Spaces’ campaign. Amber Alibhai representing Shehri regretted that the city’s built environment – old and new – lacked consideration for people with special needs and the elderly.
To further this discussion, a workshop was arranged, which had a core focus on the old city, Saddar, Lyari and other historic quarters of Karachi, and discussions focused on strategies to develop ‘Pedestrian Districts’, reviving historic heritage sites, an overall area improvement, and on highlighting how improved public spaces can lead to having a more livable city.
The attendees of the training were the elected representatives, government officials, civil society groups, academia experts and media. MMP’s participation was ensured by environmentalist Aqeel Ahmed Magsi, Hammad Hayat Khan (Sr. Urban Planner) and Adil Qureshi (Assistant Architect).
The workshop sought to rehabilitate and connect the innominate spaces with other public spaces in old parts of Karachi. Furthermore, this session also covered the BRT in Karachi, and the Green Line was adopted as a case study, which was delivered by Architect Mohaddesa Fatima who explained how to increase social advantages by creating and enhancing the surroundings at stations within a radius of 1km.
Other government U.C. Councilors of Korangi and Lyari also gave their consent to contribute in the mission of Shehri.