Manora: The Small Peninsula

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Manora The Small Peninsula

Manora is a very small and minor peninsula (2.5 km²) situated just south of the Port of Karachi, Sindh. Manora is linked to the mainland by a 12 km huge causeway called the Sandspit. Manora and neighboring islands form a secured obstacle between the area of Karachi harbor to the north and the Arabian Sea to the south. The western bay of the harbor consists of adventurous and endangered mangrove forests which protects and border the Sandspit and Manora Island. To the direction of east are Karachi Bay and the beach towns of Kiamari and Clifton. The peninsula is situated at24°48′00″N 66°58′00″E. There are numerous ethnic groups involvingMuhajirs, Punjabis, Sindhis, Christians, Kashmiris, Seraikis,Pakhtuns, Balochis, Memons, Bohras and Ismailis.

Tourism:

The largest lighthouse in Pakistan (28 meter or 91 feet)
Manora is also a famous picnic spot because of the huge sandy beaches with the southern edge of the island, which join into the beaches of the Sandspit and then spread many kilometers to the beaches at the area of Hawkesbay. The island lies nearly 15–20 minutes by taking boat ride from mainland Karachi but there are no outstanding hotels present for an overnight stay. For this and various other reasons, the Pakistan’s Government has been thinking creating the island into a tourist destination. The whole place has been envisioned as an exotic site with natural landscapes like the beaches and the endangered mangrove forests, and elegant beauty with an upgrade for the lighthouse to add little more to the quaint feel of the island.

Development:

The Ministry of Ports and Shipping of Pakistan signed a memorandum of comprehending in the year 2006 with Dubai World and M/s Limitless + Dubai Islamic Bank for the reestablishment of Manora Island. As part of the development programs, the Karachi Port Trust and entire military developments will vacate the island and hand it over to the industries for development. The establishment will comprise developing high rise apartments and hotels buildings in the places.

 

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