KMC administrator given time to remove encroachments from amenity plot

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday gave two-week time to Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) administrator for execution of its earlier order for removal of unlawful structures from amenity plot in North Nazimabad, a neighborhood of the city.

A division bench headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah was hearing an application filed by Karam Dad, Feroz Khan and others, who have taken KMC administrator and other officials to the court for flouting its earlier order dated November 2, 2011 that directed KMC top officials to remove illegal construction from amenity plot.

Applicants, who were residing in Block W of Allama Iqbal Town, North Nazimabad, submitted that according to master plan of the area, amenity plot existed in front of their houses, which was illegally occupied by the encroachers in earlier part of 2008.

They said that relevant officials got cleared the amenity plot of illegal encroachments but later allowed construction of residential building on the plot, which was clear violation of the master plan.

They said the court on November 2, 2011 had allowed their petition against illegal construction on amenity plot and directed officials concerned to remove the illegal structures but its orders were not complied with yet.

On Wednesday, the bench issued show-cause notice to KMC administrator to explain as to why proceedings for disobedience of directions of this court may not be initiated against him.

In response to notice, Rauf Akhtar Farooqui appeared before court and explained that he was unaware of the court directions since they were issued before he took charge of the office. He requested the judges to allow some time for compliance of its orders.

While granting the request, the bench gave him two-week time to remove the encroachment from amenity plot and submit compliance report by September 16.

The court asked SSP concerned to provide police back-up and help KMC officials pulling down illegal construction on the plot.

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