ABOUT SCHEME 33 KARACHI
Scheme 33, more commonly known as Gulzar-e-Hijri, is one of the most sought-after localities in the city. It is located near Super Highway and is a far more affordable housing area than some of the other high-end housing societies of Karachi. Initially, Scheme 33 was under dual control of Board of Revenue and Karachi Development Authority. In 1971, the cost of land, allotment policies and other terms and conditions were set by the Board of Revenue (BOR). According to a news report in DAWN, “The planning and development work was assigned to Karachi Development Authority (KDA) and the land was allotted to 137 cooperative housing societies from 1973 onwards. The BOR had allotted 4,707 acres of land to 137 societies out of an initial total area of 26,026 acres, of which 1,400 acres was earmarked as corridor area while 4889 acres as a green-belt.” After the project remained pending for nearly 33 years, the government realized development would be faster under a single authority. To that end, the area was given to City District Government of Karachi (CDGK) in 2004. Legend has it that the area’s name — Scheme 33 — was inspired by the infamous 33-year delay. Now, it has more than 293 housing societies within Scheme 33. Some of the most important societies like Saadi Town, Gwalior Cooperative Housing Society, Saadi Garden, Lawyers Colony, Incholi Cooperative Housing Society, Memon Nagar and Gulshan-e-Kaneez Fatima fall under Scheme 33. It also has 54 sectors.
AT A GLANCE
- A large housing area
- Popular housing societies are located within Scheme 33
- Kiran Hospital – the best cancer treatment facility in Scheme 33
- Secure area
- Provides reasonably priced accommodation
- Emerging new societies attracting investors
FACILITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Public Transport in Scheme 33 Karachi
Scheme 33 is a busy hub with major commuter routes. Beautifully painted and decorated buses pass through bus stations at different points in the area. Memon Nagar bus stop, Hijri Road bus stop, Madras bus stop, Sachal Goth bus stop, Jalbani Chowk bus stop and Bilawal Society are some of the most popular bus stations in the area.
Markets in Scheme 33 Karachi
Saadi Town, Gulshan-e-Kaneez Fatima have markets and superstores located within their communities. Apart from those, there are popular supermarkets and grocery stores as well. Waqar superstore in Karachi University Housing Society is a popular place to shop for groceries and other household items. MashaAllah superstore, Al Amin Traders and Liaquat market are also some of the popular supermarkets in the area. Gulzar-e-Hijri also holds bazaars on every Tuesday and Thursday. The most popular bazaar ‘Peer budh bazaar’ is held in Memon Nagar every Monday and Friday. People buy children’s clothes, toys, utensils, groceries at cheaper rates here.
Mosques in Scheme 33 Karachi
Mosques are a quintessential part of a Muslim neighbourhood. Presence of mosques, within walking distance, is also a major factor considered by many people in Pakistan before moving to an area. Residents of Scheme 33 have many mosques in the area, namely Masjid Madni, Masjid Khizra, Jamia Masjid-e-Quba, Jamia Masjid Ayesha Siddiqua, Jamia masjid Kosar and masjid Rafiq.
Schools, Colleges and Universities in and near Scheme 33 Karachi
Scheme 33 has many public and private schools. Beaconlight Academy (Mashriq society), Shaheen Cambridge School in Gulzar-e-Hijri Block 4, and Malik Public School (Malik Cooperative Housing Society) are some important names in this regard. Other notable schools, with both primary and secondary sections, are Kids World Secondary School, Indus School and Omys Academy (Zoramin Residency Society).
Standard Grammar school and St. Jacob Grammar school in Marora Goth are popular schools, providing great environment for learning. The Harracks school in Chapal Sun City (Sector 29) grooms children into future leaders. Junior Brigade Public school in Rizwan Cooperative Housing Society is a prominent military school in Scheme 33. Its purpose was to enable the youth to deal with any crisis, including any war-like situation or natural calamities. Those students who perform exceptionally well can remain with Junior Brigade for further training programs, which includes Elementary Military Training. A few intermediate colleges are also located nearby. For instance, Government College of Physical Education is only 14 minutes away, while, Dow International Medical college is an 8-minute drive away. Indus Public college is 20 minutes away. Among institutes of higher learning, University of Karachi is just 14 minutes away from Scheme 33, Karachi.
Banks in Scheme 33 Karachi
There are many banks situated on main Super Highway. Residents have easy access to scores of banks in Scheme 33. JS Bank (Super Highway), Faysal Bank ltd. (Sohrab Goth branch), Bank Al Habib, UBL and Summit Bank are some of the names in this regard.
Clinics and Hospitals in and near Scheme 33 Karachi
Some of the most-visited and renowned hospitals are located in Scheme 33. Memon Medical Institute Hospital is on Hyder Bukhsh Gabol road, near Safoora Chowrangi. It is considered to be an affordable option for many, providing top quality medical care. Dow University hospital is another big name among top medical care in Karachi. It provides affordable medical services, catering to almost all segments of the society.
DUHS is situated in Sector 29 of Scheme 33 on Dr. Abdul Qadeer road. It is a 1000 bed hospital, having an emergency room, general wards, operation theatre and labour rooms. Kiran Hospital one of the best cancer-treatment facilities is also located in Scheme 33.
PROPERTIES IN SCHEME 33 KARACHI
Sales Price Trends in Scheme 33 Karachi
Since it’s a densely populated area, there are almost all types of residential properties up for sale. Please note that prices are subject to change.
Houses for Sale in Scheme 33 Karachi
The most popular localities of Scheme 33 are Saadi Town and Gulshan-e-Kaneez Fatima. There are houses available, ranging from a 2-bed house to an 8-bedroom furnished house for a bigger family. Houses in Scheme 33 have some of the most modern features like sliding doors, an open American kitchen and imported bathroom fittings. Scheme 33 offers affordable housing options to many. For instance, a 120 sq yd house in Scheme 33 starts from a sales price of PKR 25 lakh and goes up to PKR 3.3 crore. Similarly, a 250 sq yd house can be bought within a price range of PKR 55 lakh and PKR 3.95 crore.
Plots for Sale in Scheme 33 Karachi
Scheme 33 has a variety of plots spread across a number of housing societies like Saadi Garden, Lawyers Colony, Pir Gul Hassan Town, Zeenatabad and Meerut Society. Each housing society has 120 sq yd and 250 sq yd plots to choose from like road-facing plots, west open plots and corner-facing plots. For a 120 sq yd plot, prices go as high as PKR 60 lakh. When it comes to 240 sq yd land, the price range is between PKR 10 lakh and PKR 9 crore.
Flats for Sale in Scheme 33 Karachi
Flats in Scheme 33 have modern designs since these units are newly built. One can buy an apartment of 1 bedroom to 5 bedrooms depending on their preference and family size. For a 2-bed apartment in Scheme 33, prices start from PKR 7 lakh and goes as high as PKR 1.55 crore. Similarly, for price range for 3-bed flats range between PKR 10.75 lakh and PKR 1.56 crore. A 4-bed apartment can be bought anywhere between PKR 19 lakh and PKR 2.75 crore.
Rental Price Trends in Scheme 33 Karachi
Houses for Rent in Scheme 33 Karachi
Rented houses in Scheme 33 are ideal for anyone who prefers living in modern homes but at a budget-friendly price. A 120 sq yd house can be rented for PKR 20 thousand to PKR 75 thousand per month.
Flats for Rent in Scheme 33 Karachi
You can only find 2 and 3-bed rental apartments in this area. Also, flats that are available for rent are usually furnished with modern interiors. Each apartment has a balcony, an open kitchen and spacious bedrooms. 2-bed flats are offered at a monthly rental price of PKR 13 thousand and PKR 90 thousand.
Most popular areas in Scheme 33 Karachi
According to the buying trends in Scheme 33, sector 17-A is the most sought-after area when it comes to investing in property. People are increasingly buying property because of its reasonable rates and amenities that are located nearby.
Gulshan-e-Kaneez Fatima tops the list when it comes to exploring options for rental purposes. The main reason is it is a neighbourhood in Scheme 33, which is progressing and developing at a fast pace. People therefore want to find a house on rent here because of the amenities it provides to the tenants.
Commercial Properties in Scheme 33 Karachi
Scheme 33 offers commercial properties both for sale and rental purposes. People buy offices and shops here as prices are comparatively low with more business-grade amenities being offered. Shops are up for sale in Punjabi Saudagaran Society, Zeenatabad and Saddar Market Society. Prices range between PKR 15 lakh and PKR 1.68 crore, depending in which area the unit is situated. Shops are also available on rent with prices ranging between PKR 15 thousand per month and PKR 3.5 lakh per month.
SHOPPING, RESTAURANTS AND BAKERIES
Malls in and near Scheme 33 Karachi
Scheme 33 Karachi has only one mall in the area: Emporium shopping mall. It is situated in PAF Housing Scheme, Sector 44. It is a one-stop solution for all your shopping needs. Arainz – Women’s store, on Khizar Avenue is also a popular shopping destination among women. Residents also go to shopping malls like LuckyOne mall and City Towers shopping mall, both of which are a 15 to 20-minute drive away.
Restaurants in Scheme 33 Karachi
Al Macca restaurant located on Kiran Hospital road, in Sachal Goth, offers desi dishes and BBQ items. Sindh Salamat restaurant is a desi dhaba, located on Suparco road. For tasty food in a comfortable ambience, people head to Al Madina restaurant in Maroora Goth. Memon hotel in Sachal Goth is famous for its mixed tea. Food Times, Food Chain and Kings Fast Food are some of the popular fast food outlets in the area.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Sports Facilities and Fitness Centres in Scheme 33 Karachi
Dow Ojha campus cricket ground of DUHS is a huge ground. However, there is one constraint the ground can not be booked directly. It has to get booked through an agent. DUHS gymnasium also has a huge sports complex. Al Azhar Garden gym and Baba gym are some of the health clubs in the area.
Salons in Scheme 33 Karachi
Women living in Scheme 33 head to nearby salons. Dreamz beauty salon, Daneez beauty parlour, Saba beauty salon, House of Glamour beauty salon and X-One hair and beauty salon are some of the popular ones.
Parks in Scheme 33 Karachi
As many housing societies fall under Scheme 33, one can find several well-maintained parks here. Kaneez Fatima Society park is maintained by the union of Gulshan-e-Kaneez Fatima Society. It has a jogging track, manicured lawn, swings as well as a lighting system, which is a plus. In the evening, when the weather is cooler, people head to Aisha Park in Govt. Teachers Cooperative Housing Society (GTCHS). People take long strolls, jog on the tracks, have a picnic or play football/cricket here. Amna park, Karachi University Society park and Rufi Spring Flower family park, Javed park, Chapal Sun City Park-7 and Gulshan-e-Zareen park add more beauty and greenery to Scheme 33.
Gulshan-e-Iqbal and Gulistan-e-Jauhar are some of the neighbouring areas of Scheme 33. People have easy access to Safari park, Aladin Amusement park and Aga Khan University Hospital as they are located not far from Scheme 33.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
People, especially students, residing in Scheme 33 can save a lot of fuel as renowned universities like KU and NED are located nearby. Residents can also avail subsidized rates and discounts on medical services at Dow University Hospital, nearly 2 km away, which is funded by the government. The fact that it is an affordable housing area attracts many investors from middle-income backgrounds to buy land here.
Importance of Scheme 33 Karachi from major locations nearby
- Just a 28-minute drive away from Jinnah International Airport
- 15 minutes away from Institute of Business Administration main campus
- 6.4 km away from Gulistan-e-Jauhar
- It takes nearly 30 minutes to get to Malir Cantonment
- Close to Super Highway