Planning Failure of Satellite Town: A Case Study of Korangi, Karachi-Pakistan

  • Tania Ali Soomro Department of Architecture and Planning, Dawood University of Engineering and Technology Karachi
  • Mohsin Ali Soomro Department of Civil Engineering, Quaid-e-Awan University of Engineering, Science and Technology, Nawabshah.


The Satellite town of Korangiis part of the ‘Greater Karachi Resettlement Plan’ along with other satellite towns of Landhi and New Karachi proposed by the Greek Architect Constantinos Apostolou Doxiadis in 1958. It is located in southern part of Karachi next to the Arabian Sea at latitude: 24°49' and longitude: 67° 7'. It is considered as one of the major post-independence urban regeneration projects. The actual plan of Doxiadis was supposed to be developed as self-sufficient satellite town for refugees (from Indian sub-continent partition) with the provision of employment through industries and commercial areas along with residential settlement. This research revolves around the planning strategies adopted by the architect influenced by the indigenous way of living. The analysis is based upon the main proposition of the Greater Karachi Resettlement Plan that aimed to develop industrial activity in the satellite towns of Landhi-Korangi and North Karachi freeing the central Karachi from low income groups (poor) and from environmental degradation. From here began the multiple issues mainly the transportation troubles of city, as these settlement towns were positioned at least 25 Kilometer off the city centre which probably was the only working hub for most of people then. This eventually led to the failure of the plan leaving behind the inhabitants with economic pandemonium. The objective of this research is to understand the issues related to the existing satellite town and the reasons for its decline; not growing on the pace of what it was assumed to develop. The paper also focuses on the stated argument of the failure of this massive relocation plan and its impacts on rest of the city.

Jan 1, 2018
How to Cite
SOOMRO, Tania Ali; SOOMRO, Mohsin Ali. Planning Failure of Satellite Town: A Case Study of Korangi, Karachi-Pakistan. Mehran University Research Journal of Engineering and Technology, [S.l.], v. 37, n. 1, p. 14, jan. 2018. ISSN 2413-7219. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 27 feb. 2024. doi:
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