KARACHI – KMC Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed has said 70 percent construction work of Mall of Karachi (Shahabuddin Market) and five-storey car parking plaza in Sadr has been completed and the shops in the plaza will be allotted through balloting after Eid-ul-Fitr.

He was chairing a review meeting of ongoing development projects in the City, which was attended by the Director General Technical Services, chief engineers of all five districts and project directors of various development works.

The administrator said the five-storey car parking plaza would be completed in time which would solve the problem of vehicle parking in the Sadr area.

He said the project was started in 2009 when 438 shops from the old Shahabuddin Market in Sadr were relocated to launch the development and beautification works around the historical Empress Market.

The first phase of this project was expected to be completed by December 2012 after which 176 shopkeepers of Shahabuddin Market would be gradually shifted to the lower ground floor of the building.

The ground floor and mezzanine floor would have 130 and 159 shops and the market would have broad and wide corridors.

He further said that the first floor of the building would have 28 offices whereas the five floors would be allocated for vehicle parking which would have the capacity of parking of 580 cars and hundreds of motorcycles in the first phase of the project.

The old mosque adjacent to Shahabuddin Market will also be reconstructed as a new huge mosque. The first phase of this project was being carried out at a cost of Rs725million.