SHC issues notice to ports, shipping ministry, others

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday issued a notice to secretary Ports and Shipping Ministry, chairman Board of Trustees of Karachi Port Trust (KPT), and others to explain the allotment of a piece of land, belonging to KPT, to private transporters at throw-away price.

A division bench headed by Justice Irfan Saddat Khan was seized with the petition filed by Habibullah Khan against allotment of a plot to a Goods Transporters Associations in violation of related laws.

Citing secretary Ports and Shipping Ministry, chairman Board of Trustees of Karachi Port Trust (KPT), estate manager estate department KPT and Transporters of Goods Associations as respondents, the petitioner submitted that he had applied for allotment of a plot in the area of Boat Building Yard West Wharf Karachi as per terms of KPT on April 04, 2003.

He approached the relevant authorities time and again for allotment of piece of land to extend his business of seafood and also expend its export. But the respondents allotted land to transporters in violation of the manual of KPT estate department as well as Rental Structure approved by Board of KPT, he submitted.

He said that land measuring 1014 square meter was allotted at Rs10 per square meter which was low than market rate. “KPT authorities illegally and unlawfully allotted the plot to the transporters for parking purpose. Though, the piece of land that belonged to KPT is supposed to be allotted to people doing business related to seafood.

The court was pleaded to declare the act of respondents to allot piece of land to transporters illegal and direct them to allot him a plot so that he could expand his business.

After initial hearing, the bench issued notice to respondents and adjourned the hearing of case till June 27.

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