‘Media City’ to be set up near Port Qasim
KARACHI, March 30 2005: The government has plan to develop a modern ‘Media City’ in the proximity of Port Qasim to cater the growing demand of newspapers and satellite channels. This was announced by Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Babar Khan Ghauri on Tuesday while addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club along with the Secretary PQA and Director General Ports and Shipping.
In this regard, the PQA has allocated 100 acres of land for this purpose and Expressions of Interest (EoIs), will be invited next week from the interested and genuine news groups of the country.
The media city will be equipped with state-of-the-art telecom and information technology facilities infrastructure for setting up of newspaper offices and modern studios for electronic satellite channels, he said, adding that the Ministry of IT and telecom will be requested to provide such facilities and high tech services like DSL line facility to speedy transfer of news coverage.
This idea had been conceived and instructed by the President of Pakistan and Prime Minister to provide most modern facilities and better working environment to media and media people.
The prime minister will be requested to perform the ground breaking ceremony of this prestigious projects soon.
The land will be provided on official rates and on non-transferable lease to media people. A plot of one acre has been allocated for construction of a press club will be provided free of cost in the media city, he added.
However, he said, that the building of Karachi Press Club would remain at its existing place as it has its own history as well as importance for city journalists.
To a query, he said that the residential facilities for journalists in the form of apartments will also be developed near the media city.
He sad that the media city project would attract large investment and would be a model for other countries in the region to emulate.
Source: Business Recorder