SHC grants status quo on petition of LEW affecteesof

Karachi: The Sindh High Court SHn Monday restrained the official respondents from demolishing the houses of petitioners in connection to Lyari Expressway project.

The petitioner cited province of Sindh through chief secretary, Commissioner Karachi, administrator Karachi Metropolitan Corporation KMC, project director Lyari Expressway, Federation of Pakistan through secretary of finance, and station house officer of Liaquatabad police station as respondents.

The petitioner Muhammad Hanif and 31 others through their counsel Shokat Ali Shaikh submitted that they are settled in Liaquatabad, and KMC and KDA had also registered their plots and granted them registered lease from the year 1966 and later on.

They stated that respondents were trying to demolish their houses for Lyari expressway project without paying any compensation.

They submitted that respondents were not willing to pay compensation amount according to valuation of their property. They said that respondents were giving to them Rs10000 per square yard but they want 50000 per square yard besides the price of construction.

They submitted that respondents had started acquisition work in year 2002 and one side of road was completed in the year 2006. They said that now once again work on Lyari expressway has started after the delay of six years and respondents were paying same compensation which was decided in 2006, which according to them is violation of the acquisition rules.

They said that respondents have not still paid compensation to those house holders whose property was acquired for the project in year 2006 and was demolished without paying compensation.

They prayed to court that direct the respondents to pay the adequate compensation amount as per value of property before demolishing their houses and restrict the respondents and their agents from the demolishing their houses.

Headed by Justice Irfan Sadaat Khan, the division bench issued notice to the respondents and also directed them that status quo be maintained.

The court put off the hearing till January 31.