Shopkeepers asked to refrain from encroachment

KARACHI: Administrator Karachi Saqib Ahmed Soomro on Tuesday said all the shopkeepers, especially in the major commercial and old city areas, should remove cabins, counters and other things in front of their shops and offices, otherwise, those would be confiscated by anti-encroachments officials of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC).

“KMC officials are clearing encroachments on daily basis, but the same were seen reemerging once they were removed. Local shopkeepers should stop this practice which was blocking the pavements and edges of roads,” he said while speaking at a press briefing on the anti encroachments operations carried out by the anti encroachments department in old city areas.

Soomro also directed the anti-encroachment department to carry on the campaign against encroachments and clear all the footpaths and roads particularly those in the major and busiest trade and commercial centers of the city.

Meanwhile, the anti-encroachments department led by its director Mazhar Khan took action in the old city areas and removed many encroachments alongside Marriot Road, Plastic Market, Khori Garden, New Ham Road and Bolton Market.

The encroachers tried to resist the move but failed in their attempt and the anti-encroachments squad completed its operation by removing more than 300 pushcarts, patharas, cabins and other encroachments from main road and pavements.

The shopkeepers were also warned to remove their belonging from road and footpath within two days or those would also be seized.

The office bearers of All Karachi Tajir Ittehad including its chairman Ahmed Shamsi and Saleem Memon were also present during the operation which was carried out with the help of heavy machinery and vehicles. The seized items were later deposited in the Mehmoodabad Store of KMC.

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