Aurangabad, Paposh Nagar
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Aurangabad, Paposh Nagar is situated in North Nazimabad. Paposh Nagar was named (Pa means foot ; posh means to wear ; nagar means town') due to the community living there who were manufacturers of footwear and owners of leather workshops and boutiques in the 1950-1970s.
Toward the north of the Aurangabad Quarters is the famous Paposh Nagar graveyard, toward the east is the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. It is bounded on the south by the Orangi Railway Station, and on the west runs the Orangi Nala (natural storm water drain). Across the Orangi Nala lies the SITE industrial area. After the construction of the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (now serving as a city level hospital) in this vicinity the area started being identified with it.
Planning, Jurisdiction, the Laws
Aurangabad Quarters was planned with the rest of Paposh Nagar during the time of Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan in 1954 for housing the migrants from India.
Stretching over an area of 15 acres (6.07 hectares) it houses 714 plots designed on a grid layout with streets on the front and back of houses. Population density of Paposh Nagar is 478 people per acre (1181 people per hectare) (refer matrix 04). Paposh Nagar was originally designed as ground floor core houses but has grown vertically over a period of time through incremental development. The location of Paposh Nagar provides easy access to public transport, hospitals, clinics, schools and commercial area.
Planning Type: Concepts
Aurangabad is a grid iron plan linking the various main existing roads around it. Plot sizes allotted at that time were 45 sq. yards (38.5 sq. meters). Later the secondary and tertiary roads were encroached upon to make plot sizes bigger. This has resulted in the remaining width of roads being; Tertiary roads: originally 12 ft-14 ft (3.6 - 4.2 meters), now 4 ft (1.21 meters). Secondary roads: originally 24 ft (7.3 meters), now 12 ft (3.6 meters) or one lane. Primary road remains the originally planned four lanes, two way roads of 48 ft (14.63 meters).
The resultant plot sizes after encroachment on roads have increased to about 66 sq. yards (55.73 sq. meters). The houses have an average size of 12’ x 50’ (3.6 m x 15.2 m). The built up heights vary from ground floor to G+3, maximum. The average house hold size is of 6.7 people with each house housing an average of 1.5 families (Refer Map PN-05 and PN-06).
Amenities in the area include schools, parks, playgrounds, MQM union offices and a hospital. References:
IIED Density Study, 04 Cases of Housing in Karachi. Final Report 2010: http://pubs.iied.org/pdfs/G02709.pdf