Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar on Wednesday said that six districts have been identified for ongoing anti-encroachment operation adding that the illegal occupied land will be removed in a systematic manner.
“Plans of what has been done and what we are going to do have been submitted in the court. The top court has issued clear orders after which operation against illegal wedding halls and buildings on drains will be conducted,” he informed. “When the Supreme Court issues an order every institution comes under it,” he added. “We will not let land grabbers return. We will make arrangements for those who were on rent and the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) is looking into compensation for those affected due to the operation,” he said.
He continued, “Encroachments were only removed from Saddar and Empress Market. A request for Rs200 million has been made to remove rubble from footpaths. The court has ordered the Sindh government to release the funds as soon as possible.”
“More than 90 per cent of the city has been encroached upon and 50 per cent of the encroachments have become kachi abadis.” “All the political parties are involved in this,” he alleged. “All politics aside, Karachi has been ruined. Everyone comes to Karachi and thinks it is okay to set up businesses on footpaths. Till when will this continue? We have to set our city right.”
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17 November, 2019