Encroachments on amenity plots: SHC summons KMC administrator

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Monday once again summoned the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) administrator to submit a comprehensive report, outlining what action was taken to remove encroachments from the city’s amenity plots.

A division bench has asked the KMC administrator to appraise it about what action was taken so far to appoint a committee to probe allotment of the amenity plots for residential and commercial purposes.

The two-judge bench headed by Justice Nadeem Akhtar was hearing a petition filed by the Naumania Welfare Trust which moved the court against unlawful construction on two plots kept for public park and playground in Gulistan-e-Jauhar area.

The petitioner, NGO’s representative had submitted that two amenity plots – ST-41 and 42 – in Gulistan e Jauhar, earmarked for the park and playground, were encroached upon by the private respondents in cahoots with KMC officials and area police. He added that they converted the amenity plots to be used for commercial and residential purposes.

Earlier, the court had given two-week time to KMC officials to remove the encroachments from the plots and warned that in case of failure, the delinquent officers shall show up in court on the next hearing and face necessary action which may include contempt proceedings.

The court expressed displeasure when the counsel for the petitioner informed it that the authorities concerned had neither demolished the illegal buildings on the amenity plots nor sealed them.

To a query, the KMC’s counsel said the letters were written to K-Electric and Sui Southern Gas Company officers to disconnect the utilities so that the illegal construction be sealed.

The judges said disconnection of utilities was not necessary for sealing the construction. It is therefore, the judges said, was clear that KMC had not complied with court orders.

The court set March 09 for the next hearing.

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