ABOUT KARACHI DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (KDA)
Karachi Development Authority (KDA) was established by the presidential order by the former president of Pakistan General Muhammad Ayub Khan in 1959 for the development of Karachi and rehabilitation of the refugees. KDA succeeded the development authority at the time that was known as ‘Karachi Improvement Trust (KIT).’
KDA started its development plan by launching its first project known as KDA Scheme-1. After the development of Scheme-1, the president allowed the authority to launch a town expansion scheme known as Korangi Township. Afterwards, several towns were developed by KDA like Malir Town, Drigh Township, Malir Extension Township, North Karachi Township, Old Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, Orangi Township, Baldia Township, Mehran Town, Hawksbay Scheme, Shah Latif Town, Lyari Town, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Gulzar-e-Hijri, Taiser Town, Korangi Industrial Area, SITE, Metrovil, among others.
Furthermore, the Karachi Development Authority contributed to various master plans and constructions such as:
- Established Karachi Greater Water Channel Scheme and Malir River Flood Protection
- Constructed the bridge over the main roads such as Jam Sadiq Ali Bridge, Super Highway Bridge near Karimabad, Nipa Chowrangi Bridge
- Constructed several connecting roads of townships and main roads such as M.A. Jinnah Road, University Road, Jail Road, Shahrah-e-Faisal, Shahrah-e-Orangi, Korangi Road, etc
- Approved the master plan for private housing societies in Karachi
KDA SCHEME-1 KARACHI
Karachi Development Authority (KDA), after replacing the former Karachi Improvement Trust (KIT) and taking charge, launched its first scheme along the junction of Karsaz and National Stadium in front of Aga Khan Hospital, and Liaquat Memorial, known as KDA Scheme-1. The area is considered a posh locality of Karachi comprising various properties including, houses, villas, and flats, most of which belong to the upper-income class.
AT A GLANCE
- Luxury villas and flats in the area
- A secure, well-planned residential scheme
- Entertainment avenues available nearby
FACILITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Public Transport in and near KDA Scheme-1 Karachi
Being an upscale residential scheme, most of the people who live in KDA Scheme-1, usually travel by their own transportation or app-based services like Uber and Careem. However, people who rely on public transportation can find public transport near Scheme-1 KDA, and can pick buses, cabs or rickshaws from the nearby bus stops like Transport Yard PNS Karsaz, Pir Pagara Bus Stop, National Stadium Bus Stop, Awami Markaz Bus Stop, and Karsaz Bus Stop.
Markets in and near KDA Scheme-1 Karachi
For the convenience of the residents of KDA Scheme-1, there is a variety of grocery stores and supermarkets located near KDA Scheme-1. The most popular superstore nearby is Imtiaz Superstore, located on PAF Museum Road, adjacent to EOBI shopping center. This area is commonly known as Awami Markaz. It has everything on its shelves, from grocery to cosmetics, and it hardly takes 6 minutes by car to get there from Scheme-1 KDA. Other than that, two of the most popular stores in Karachi, Naheed Supermarket and Chase-Up Store are located 3 km away from KDA Scheme-1 on Shaheed-e-Millat Exp. At Chase Up, in particular, you’ll find cheaper prices and discounted rates on shopping items. To cater for day-to-day needs of the residents, there is a small Karsaz Market at Karsaz Faisal Cantonment.
Mosques in and near KDA Scheme-1 Karachi
KDA Scheme-1 has many mosques for residents to perform prayers and Islamic rituals. Jamia Masjid-e-Najaf Imambargah is a popular Imam Bargah located within the vicinity of Scheme-1 KDA. Bilal Masjid is a spacious mosque located in nearby Mohammad Ali Society that is visited by dozens of worshippers daily. Other well-known mosques situated in proximity to KDA Scheme-1 are Jamia Masjid Al Noor, Muddasir Masjid, Uzma Masjid, Karsaz Mosque, and Masjid Aqsa (Dawat-e-Islami).
Schools, Colleges And Universities in and near KDA Scheme-1 Karachi
Scheme-1 KDA is an upscale society; it’s well-served by a plethora of private schools. Many of the big names in the schooling system of the city have its campuses located in KDA Scheme-1. For instance, The City School has its campus located at Mohammad Ali Society. Delsol Schooling System has its Delsol Preschool KDA Campus in Scheme-1 KDA.
Other reputed private schools for elementary education in the area are
- Bayview High KDA campus
- CAT Montessori
- Springfield School Karachi
- Building Blocks Preschool
- River Oaks Academy - Junior Branch
Of these, Bayview High Primary School is arguably the best. It is registered with the University of Cambridge. For quality education and learning, another option in the vicinity is Delsol elementary. In their curriculum, classes of Arabic and French language is mandatory which is a plus point, as students receive exposure to different cultures. Springfield School located at main Scheme-1 KDA offers education from grade level Nursery to O-Levels.
If you’re a parent looking for good preschools, then KDA Scheme-1 has got you covered. CAT (Colonels Academy for Toddlers) is another school that exclusively adheres to the Montessori system of education. The teaching staff and top management of the schools are trained and qualified from AMI (Association Montessori Internationale). There’s also a River Oaks Academy - Junior Branch in the area. the best thing about the management is they encourage physical activity from a very young age. They also offer tae-kwon-do classes.
For further studies of Bachelor's or Master’s level in different disciplines, residents of Scheme-1 KDA can go to Bahria University Karachi Campus located at National Stadium Road, Karsaz Faisal Cantonment. Bahria University offers bachelors and higher degree programs in the areas like Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Sciences, Software Engineering, Business Management, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Medical & Health Sciences, Professional Psychology, Social Sciences, and Law.
Banks in KDA Scheme-1 Karachi
A number of conventional and Islamic banks are located in the vicinity of KDA Scheme-1, providing services like saving account, loan management, and car financing. These banks usually have their own ATM sections. There’s an HBL branch on the service road running alongside Karsaz Road. In the same area, there’s MCB, Bank Islami and United Bank. In case you have an account with Summit Bank you can head over to Ghazi Salahuddin Road. Some of these banks also provide money transfer services by third parties like Xpress Money, Zoom, Western Union and MoneyGram. For more options, you can head west to Mohammed Ali Society.
Clinics and Hospitals in and near KDA Scheme-1 Karachi
One can find a number of healthcare facilities near Scheme-1 KDA, providing 24/7 medical care, emergency, and diagnostic services. Here is a list of renowned hospitals within the vicinity of KDA Scheme-1:
- Aga Khan University Hospital
- Liaquat National Hospital
- Zubaida Medical Centre
- Adamjee Eyes Hospital
Aga Khan University Hospital is the largest private hospital of Karachi, located on Stadium Road around 3 km away from KDA Scheme-1. It has 560 beds in operation; 122 private rooms, 117 semi-private air-conditioned rooms, 251 general ward beds, and 52 special care beds are available in their special care units such as ICU, CCU, and NICU. Under the supervision of highly qualified staff, Aga Khan Hospital is equipped to treat patients in various departments, including cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, and psychiatry. Pharmacy, radiology, cardiopulmonary, neurophysiology, and other physiological diagnostic services are available at Aga Khan Hospital.
Liaquat national is 3.6 km away from Scheme-1 KDA and is the most popular hospital along with Aga Khan Hospital. It has 700 beds with 32 specialty services, providing diagnostic and therapeutic facilities. The hospital has MRI machines, pathology laboratory facilities, additional executive wards, CCU, MICU, dialysis machines, and ventilators. Zubaida Medical Centre located near Dhoraji Colony, a 5-minute drive away from KDA Scheme-1. The hospital provides services such as 24/7 emergency, laboratory, X-ray, pharmacy, physiotherapy, and operating rooms, nephrology and dialysis, ECHO & ETT, diabetic and dental care, gynecology, ophthalmology, ICU, dermatology, and gastroenterology.
Other hospitals and clinics near KDA Scheme-1 are Zahra Dental & Medical Clinic, Imran Eye, G A Asghar Psychiatric Institute, Prime Specialist Clinics, and Samad Clinic.
PROPERTIES IN KDA SCHEME-1 KARACHI
Sales Price Trends in KDA Scheme-1 Karachi
Buying a home in KDA Scheme-1 is easy as it is a very densely populated area with too many options to choose from. However, with the help of a portal like Zameen, your search can be easier and more convenient.
Houses for Sale in KDA Scheme-1 Karachi
Buying a house in KDA Scheme-1 is the best option for any family looking to invest in real estate in Karachi. You can have your pick that, of course, suits your requirements and budget. For instance, a newly-constructed 200 sq yd house for sale in KDA Scheme-1 is available for an average price of PKR 5.5 crore. A 500 sq yd bungalow for sale is available from PKR 16 crore to PKR 20 crore. Moreover, if you want to go for bigger houses, there are villas of 1000 to 1500 sq yd, which fall in the PKR 25 crore to PKR 50 crore range.
Flats for Sale in KDA Scheme-1 Karachi
Prices of apartments in KDA Scheme-1 depends upon the number of bedrooms in the apartment, parking space. There are many apartments for sale in different categories. For example, for a 2-bedroom apartment, you need to shell out PKR 1 crore. The price of a 3-bedroom apartment starts from PKR 2 crore and goes up to PKR 4.1 crore.
Plots for Sale in KDA Scheme-1 Karachi
There are quite a few options as far as residential plots for sale in KDA Scheme-1 are concerned. You’ll find like 120 sq yd, 600 sq yd, 1500 sq yd and 2100 sq yd; you can buy these for an average price of PKR 35 lakh, PKR 1.3 crore, PKR 27 crore, and PKR 37.5 crore, respectively.
Rent Price Trends in KDA Scheme-1 Karachi
There are several options for renting properties in KDA Scheme-1. Homes are categorized according to the covered area of the houses and the number of bedrooms in the flats. Please note the rates mentioned below are subject to change.
Houses for Rent in KDA Scheme-1 Karachi
The most demanded house for rent in KDA Scheme-1 is of 600 sq yd available with a price range of PKR 1.25 to PKR 10 lakh per month. Moreover, a 1000 sq yd house for rent starts with a monthly rental of PKR 3.5 lakh and goes up to PKR 6 lakh. And a 3000 sq yd house is also available for a monthly rent of PKR 12 lakh to PKR 15 lakh on average.
Flats for Rent in KDA Scheme-1 Karachi
Apart from houses, you can find several categories of apartments for rent in Scheme-1 of KDA. A 2-bedroom unfurnished apartment will be available from PKR 52 thousand to PKR 55 thousand per month. On the other hand, a 3-bedroom apartment for rent is available at a minimum of 60 thousand per month and can go up to PKR 1 lakh.
SHOPPING, RESTAURANTS AND BAKERIES
Malls in and near KDA Scheme-1 Karachi
Being largely a residential area, Scheme-1 KDA does not have high-rise shopping malls within the area. However, there are several shopping outlets of clothing brands such as Khaadi (a famous Pakistani clothing brand), Bonanza Satrangi, and Sana Safinaz. These are situated near Karsaz Road.
To visit shopping malls, residents can head to The City Centre, located on PAF Museum Road, only a 6-minute drive away from KDA Scheme-1. Another shopping market, Dhoraji Shopping Center, as the name suggests is situated in Old Dohraji, which is nearly 2km away. It has many tailors and clothes shop in the market, in case you’re looking to customize your outfit.
Restaurants And Bakeries in and near KDA Scheme-1 Karachi
Foodies will never get disappointed while living in KDA Scheme-1 as it has a cornucopia of eateries in and around the area. Whether you want to try some exotic cuisine or have traditional Pakistani dishes, you can have it from the restaurants near KDA Scheme-1. Few of the finest restaurants and cafés near the area are
- Rosati Bistro
- Lal Qila
- Del Frio
- Kundan’s Broast
One of the popular cafés in the area is Rosati Bistro, located in B-12, Scheme-1 KDA. It is a bistro-themed fine dining restaurant. It’s popular among patrons for its Instagram-friendly interior, including luxury couches. Its specialties are beef steaks, chicken steaks, pasta, and hot lava cakes. Adjacent to it, you’ll find Chaupal Buffet Restaurant. It offers an exquisite blend of formal and casual dining with its diverse range of menu including Pakistani, Continental, BBQ, Seafood, Chinese and Thai cuisines. There is also Lal Qila restaurant in the same row as Chaupal. Lal Qila is famous for its Mughal theme. It offers both buffet and a la carte menus and has a variety of dishes including Pakistani, continental, fried seafood, Chinese, Arabic, Thai, and BBQ.
Another famous cafe near KDA Scheme-1 is Del Frio, situated at the roundabout of Tipu Sultan Road. It is famous for its cakes and patties. Residents can have a number of fast food restaurants near Karsaz Road; however, Kundan’s Broast is the oldest and most popular establishment of them all.
There are notable bakeries near KDA Scheme-1, on Tipu Sultan Road namely, Pie in The Sky, Hobnob, Ideal Bakers and Sweets, Sacha’s, and La Farine.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS, AND BEAUTY
Sports Facilities and Fitness Centres in and near KDA Scheme-1 Karachi
Some of the city’s most popular gyms are situated near Scheme-1 KDA, such as Body Station at Tipu Sultan Road. It is the finest gym for both men and women. Equipped with imported machines, Body Station provides quality training for weight loss and muscle building exercises. In addition, there is Velocity X, a premium fitness center for men and women, offering memberships for individuals, couples as well as corporate memberships. It provides high-end techniques to shed your weight within 40 days. The methods include yoga, battle rope, cardio, and outdoor exercises.
Other notable gyms near the area are AQ Power Yoga that especially works over boot camps and power yoga technique to lose weight. Then there is Fit Inc, Body Power Gym, Croc Fitness, etc.
Parks and Clubs in and near KDA Scheme-1 Karachi
Parks and clubs are not hard to find in Scheme-1 KDA and its vicinity. Few of the notable parks and entertainment venues are listed below:
Maritime Museum and Park
Maritime Naval Museum and Park, situated near PNS Karsaz on Karsaz Road, is a famous park for families. The main museum building is located inside the park, which is spread over 28 acres. It comprises six galleries and an auditorium. In the museum, there are different artifacts of the maritime and naval history of Pakistan. You’ll also find dioramas, relief sculpture, murals and miniature paintings, and ancient weapons here. Apart from that, there is a lighthouse and a Submarine PNS Hangor (S131), the Minesweeper, PNS Mujahid (M164), Breguet Atlantic aircraft and a wooden barge. The museum is open for visitors for seven days a week from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. Entry ticket for adults is PKR 30 and for children, it’s PKR 20.
PAF Museum and Amusement Park
Another popular park near Karsaz flyover is PAF Museum Park. It is known for its scale models of weapons and military aircraft. It also houses all major fighter aircraft that have been used by the Pakistan Air Force. The museum was established in 1990 in two unused hangars in a remote part of the Faisal Air Base. It was expanded between 1999–2004. Additions include children playing areas, rides, and eateries.
A modern sports club and family recreational complex for children and adults is located on Karsaz Road known as Arena. It offers a number of attractions such as:
- Ice Skating
- Bowling Alley
- X Live Games
- Pool Tables
- Kiddy Rides
- Rock Climbing
- One Shot Mini Golf
- Rodeo Bull
- Indoor Cricket
- Magazine Me
- Swimming Pool
- Mocktail Bar
- Prayer Area
Salons and Spas in and near KDA Scheme-1 Karachi
There are quite a few beauty salons for men and women in and nearby KDA Scheme-1. One of the most notable salons in the area is ‘Sabs the Salon’. It is located on Tipu Sultan Road and is one of the most sought after salons that is famous for bridal makeup. Other popular salons near the area are ‘Express by Aliya Farooq’ and Avenue Salon & Spa near Tipu Sultan Road, Pengs Salon and Depilex Beauty Clinic & Institute at Mohammad Ali Society.
Numerous events take place near Scheme-1 KDA. For instance, the famous Dolphin Show was organized for the first time in Karachi at Maritime Museum Karsaz. It was the first such show held in the city. It comprised 2 sea lions, 3 walruses and 12 bottlenose dolphins, and 24 members including trainers, performers, veterinary doctors, and Dolphin handlers.
In addition, several events take place in the PAF Museum Karachi. In 2018, an Atif Aslam concert was organized there. The balloting of Fazaia Housing Society also took place in the PAF Museum in 2017.
KDA Scheme-1 neighbors Sharah-e-Faisal which is a 5-minute drive away from KDA Scheme-1. And it also links with Tipu Sultan road and Mohammad Ali Society which is 3 km away. Other nearby areas of Scheme-1 KDA are Karsaz road, Shaheed-e-Millat, Aga Khan Road, and National Stadium road.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Scheme-1 KDA is one of the posh localities of Karachi. The best feature of the area is that it’s quite secure compared to a number of neighboring residential areas, such as Mohammed Ali Society and Dohraji. Another plus point is its proximity to Shara-e-Faisal; therefore, traveling to the main city is quick, convenient and easy. In addition, Agha Khan Hospital and Liaquat National Hospital are roughly 4 km away. KDA Scheme-1 is the complete package for a homebuyer looking for comfort, security, and convenience.
Importance of KDA Scheme-1 Karachi from major locations nearby
- Hill Park is roughly 11 minutes away
- Expo Centre is 7.2 km away
- A 10-minute drive away from Arena
- Aga Khan Hospital is only an 8-minute drive away
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