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Orangi Town

Union councils of Orangi Town
Union councils of Orangi Town
Country Pakistan
Province Sindh
City District Karachi
Established 14 August 2001
Union Councils
 • Type Town Council
 • Former Town Nazim Abdul Haq
 • Former Naib Nazim Shahid Bashir
 • Municipal Officer Qamaruddin Shaikh
 • Total 60 km2 (22 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,540,420
Office Location Municipal Head Office Orangi Town No. 12, Karachi.
Contact (021)36697869-36650833
Website Orangi Town Page

Orangi Town (Sindhi: اُورنگي ٽاؤنUrdu: اُورنگی ٹاؤن‎) is a town in the northwestern part of Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It is bordered by New Karachi Town to the north across the Shahrah-e-Zahid Hussain, Gulberg Town to the east across the Gujjar Nala stream, Liaquatabad Town to the south, and SITE Town to the west. There are 13 official neighborhoods, each with its own council, which has allowed the township to build its own sewer system. Additionally, as only of 18 districts of Karachi, Orangi has government representation, albeit in the lowest tier of the government. It is a lower class settlement with basic amenities of life available to most of the people. Only some parts of Orangi Town can be characterized as a slum.[1][2][3] Furthermore, Orangi comprises several new developed middle class areas and housing-societies which are still considered slums for statistical purposes because they lack the basic facilities that are provided to most homes.


  • Demography 1
  • History 2
  • Development 3
  • Geography 4
  • Neighbourhoods 5
  • Orangi Pilot Project 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


There are several ethnic groups in Orangi Town including Muhajirs, Punjabis, Sindhis, Kashmiris, Seraikis, Pakhtuns, Balochis, Memons, Bohras, Ismailis, etc. A significant population of these Muhajirs are Biharis who migrated from Bihar in 1947 and East Pakistan in 1971.[4][5]

Orangi town has a population of approximately 2.5 million although government records report 700,000 inhabitants.[5] In the last 15 years the Orangi Town's demography has substantially changed, as Pakhtun have occupied land and settled in this town in large numbers.. It is the largest town of Karachi.


The population began to grow from 1965 onwards as a residential extension to the Sindh Industrial and Trading Estate (SITE). Orangi became famous in the 1980s when local inhabitants became frustrated at the lack of development in the area by the municipal administration and launched the Orangi Pilot Project under the guidance of Akhtar Hameed Khan.[6] The Orangi area was the largest squatter settlement in Karachi at the time, so the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) did not extend services to the Orangi community.[7] The first action of the project was to demand that the KMC should install a sewerage system free of charge but this was refused because KMC did not recognise Orangi. The population mostly comprises blue-collar worker (factory workers) including a substantial Rohingya Muslim refugee community mainly from Burma.

The local community financed, designed and built their own low-cost sewerage system.[8] The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) refused to allow the sewer system to be connected to the existing city sewers because of Orangi's unauthorised status. However, KMC was forced to cooperate when the project attracted worldwide attention and similar projects were set up in three squatter settlements in the city of Sukkur in northern Sindh.

The federal government introduced local government reforms in the year 2000, which eliminated the previous third-tier of government (administrative divisions) and raised the fourth tier (districts) to become the new third tier. The effect in Karachi was the dissolution of the former Karachi Division and the merger of its five districts to form a new Karachi City-District with eighteen autonomous constituent towns including Orangi Town; a move which helped to better administer the area.


The City District Government under Naimatullah Khan has initiated the Shahrah-e-Orangi project to rehabilitate the dilapidated road that connects the town with other parts of the city. In addition, the K-III water supply project will supply potable water to Orangi residents.


Orangi stretches out from the Khasba Hills, North Nazimabad and Paposh Nagar towards the northern parts of Karachi. The Khasba Hills forms a natural boundary between Orangi Town and North Nazimabad Town. The City District Government has constructed a road through the Khasba Hills connecting Orangi Town with North Nazimabad Town.[9]


Orangi Pilot Project

Orangi poverty alleviation project (Orangi Pilot Project, OPP) was initiated by Akhtar Hameed Khan in 1980. The project was aimed at socio-economic development of the population of the vast Orangi area of Karachi.[10] As the project director, Khan proved to be its dynamic and innovative leader.[11] The project comprises a number of programs, including a people's financed and managed Low-Cost Sanitation Program;[12] a Housing Program; a Basic Health and Family Planning Program; a Program of Supervised Credit for Small Family Enterprise Units; an education Program; and a Rural development Program in the nearby villages.[13]

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ National Geographic: Dharavi, Mumbai's Shadow City
  3. ^ File:Principaux Bidonvilles.png#Raw data
  4. ^ Corpses or rights (by Jīlānī Cāndpūrī, Vajāhat Ḥusain Ṣiddīqī ʻAlvī Qādrī. Halqa-e-Alvia. Retrieved 2010-02-22. It was during those days i.e. before 1986 that a public meeting was held in a locality inhabited by refugees from  
  5. ^ a b "The quest for Bihari identity".  
  6. ^
  7. ^ Hasan, Arif (1999) Akhtar Hameed Khan and the Orangi Pilot Project. City Press, Karachi. ISBN 969-8380-20-5
  8. ^
  9. ^ Beyond the last mountain, finally
  10. ^ Axinn, George H (1997) Book Review. Agriculture and Human Values, Vol. 14, No. 2, (June). ISSN 0889-048X p. 193
  11. ^ Nigam, Ashok and Rasheed, Sadig (1998) Financing of Fresh Water for All: A Rights Based Approach, UNICEF Staff Working Papers. Evaluation, Policy and Planning Series, No. EPP-EVL-98-003
  12. ^ Khan, Akhtar Hameed (1997) The sanitation gap: Development's deadly menace. The Progress of Nations. UNICEF
  13. ^ Khan (1996)

External links

  • Karachi Website
  • The Orangi Welfare Project (Trust), a model for sustainable grassroots development
  • [2]
  • Orangi Town Blog

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