All set to launch joint anti-encroachment operation

KARACHI: Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, Commissioner Office, Police Department and District Municipal Corporations are starting joint operation against encroachments.

All arrangements have been finalized to remove encroachments from roads, footpaths, storm drains, parks and play grounds. The teams will be formed at division level.

This was decided in a meeting chaired by KMC Administrator Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi. The meeting was attended by Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiqui, Additional IG Karachi Sheraz Nazeer, Metropolitan Commissioner Matanat Ali Khan, Deputy Commissioners and Administrators of five Districts, Legal Advisor Najmuddin Sikandar, Director Land Khurram Arif, Director Anti-Encroachments Abdul Malik and other officers.

He said that mutual strategy would be implemented for removing encroachments from the locations of public use on priority basis. He said a good number of citizens leave for home in evening timings in Ramazan and traffic flow due to encroachments on roads was affected, therefore, removal of encroachments from roads was necessary before Ramazan.

He said that action against illegal and unauthorized constructions will continue nonstop and land mafia will not be allowed to occupy plots allocated for parks, play grounds and public welfare works. The KMC administrator said that land mafia in different areas was active once again and after establishment of encroachments on roads and footpaths commercial activities were going on.

He directed police and anti-encroachment cell to launch operation against them on large scale. He said the encroachments were like scar on forehead of the city and decreasing beauty and attraction of city. He said that effective action was only possible through joint operation. He said stalls and carts from roads of densely populated areas of the city should be removed so that traffic flow could improve and facilitate pedestrians as well. Commissioner Karachi said that Karachi administration would work together for removal of encroachments, while police and administration would be provided where required.

He said it was an important task to keep city free form encroachments along with cleanliness as citizens expect convenience and welfare works from us. He said that some shopkeepers have displayed their all shops on footpaths which was necessary to be removed.

He said cantonment boards would also be included in this operation and they would remove encroachments from their areas.
Commissioner Karachi directed Deputy Commissioners to consider that encroachments should not be established after their removal and this action should go on without any hindrance.

He said citizens also wish for provision of roads and footpaths free form encroachments and it was our responsibility to utilize our capabilities for public welfare works.

It was also decided that a meeting for operation against encroachments would be held every week and labour and machinery would be provided where needed.