Orangi Town Karachi

Orangi Town 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. The township is currently the largest slum in South Asia, after surpassing the size of Dharavi in Mumbai, India, although while Orangi is approximately 22 square miles (57 km2) in area, Dharavi is less than one square mile with approximately one million inhabitants, making Orangi far less dense. Further, Orangi comprises several new developed middle class areas and housing-societies which are still considered slums for statistical purposes, although strictly speaking, they are not slums.

There are several ethnic groups in Orangi Town including Biharis, 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.
Over 99% of the population is Muslim. Orangi town has an population of approximately 2.5 million although government records insist that it had 700,000 inhabitants. In last 15 years the Orangi Town’s demography has substantially changed as Pakhtun refugees fleeing from war in Afghanistan and Taliban conflict in northern Pakistan have settled in this town in large numbers.

The City District Government 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 Khasa Hills, North Nazimabad and Paposh Nagar towards the northern parts of Karachi. The Khasa Hills forms a natural boundary between Orangi Town and North Nazimabad Town. The City District Government has constructed a road through the Khasa Hills connecting Orangi Town with North Nazimabad Town.

Public buses and coaches run from Banaras Colony through 5 numbered chowks towards the Orangi Sectors 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 till Gulshan-e-Bahar (Orangi Sector 16). There are markets in Sectors 8, 11½ and 14 (Disco Chowk).

Neighbourhoods of Orangi Town
Baloch Goth
Iqbal Baloch Colony
Be Nazeer Colony
Chisti Nagar
Data Nagar
Ghabool Town
Haryana Colony
Shah Khalid Colony
Ghousia Baloch Colony
Iqbal Baloch Colony
Junaid Nagar
Khyber Mohalla
Madina Colony
Mohammad Nagar
Muhammad Mustafa Colony
Warsia Colony
Banaras Chowk

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