While everyone is talking about how good and entertaining Karachi Eat Festival 2017 was, no one except the daily visitors have spoken on the dreadful condition of Bagh-e-Jinnah Park, surrounding the Frere Hall. As visitors endeavored to locate greenery at the park, they expressed disappointment over how the festival has affected the already neglected park. Many visitors of the park complained that after the successful conclusion of the annual food festival on Sunday, it has become difficult to locate green spots at the park.
Subsequently, many broken poles were lying at one side of the park, whereas tyre-prints of trucks on the grass represent the apathy of the management of the park towards its condition. Luckily, some green patches have survived the festival.
As per the notification issued by Sindh government’s services and general administration department on November 23, 1998, it is illegal to use public parks and gardens that comes under administrative control of Karachi Development Authority (KDA) or Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) for private events.
Moreover, KMC’s city council resolution also notes that only one small paved portion of Frere Hall can be used for public events upon paying PKR 0.5 million per day as rent to KMC.
Interestingly enough, when the director-general of KMC’s parks & horticulture department, Abdullah Mushtaque was contacted for his comments on the matter, he stated that he was transferred from his post recently. Nevertheless, he said that according to the law trucks being piled on the grass and misusing grass of the garden in any form is strictly prohibited.
It is worth mentioning that Karachi Eat’s public relations firm, Latitude CRS’s publicist, Ali Chaudhry, assured that his company will plant new grass in the entire area of Bagh-e-Jinnah.