Encroachment case: SHC wants to know width of Nehar Khayam

KARACHI: Sindh High Court on Monday directed Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) to determine the actual width of Nehar Khayam in Clifton area and submit a report.

A division bench was hearing a petition filed by Amina Jilani, a resident of Clifton, who approached the court against civic authorities for unlawfully commercializing the storm-water drain, Nehar Khayam at KDA Scheme No.5 in Clifton.

The petitioner had submitted that she had purchased a plot in KDA Scheme No 5 only because of presence of amenity land, adding, according to master plan of the scheme, amenity land was earmarked for storm-water drain.

She recalled that back in 1990, the city district government intended to generate revenue by selling this amenity space in violation of the related laws. She added that at that time eight plots along with two corner plots were carved out of the storm-water drain but the KMC had to cancel unlawful conversion when certain aggrieved parties challenged it in the court.

She told the judges that once again unlawful construction was under way on the storm-water drain which was being filled with sand. She argued that a piece of land earmarked as amenity plot cannot be used for purpose other than amenity, adding that use of plot for other purposes is blatant violation of the building and other related laws.

Therefore, she requested the court to declare this conversion as illegal and direct KMC to desist from indulging in such illegal practices.

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