SHC seeks compliance report of inspecting heritage building

Karachi: The Sindh High Court SHC on Friday once again directed secretary culture and heritage department to appear in a court and place on record the compliance report pertaining to inspection of Rambagh Quarters, a building protected under the heritage law, which was being reportedly demolished.

The petitioner, Malik Raees Ahmed, who was tenant in Rambagh Quarters, had submitted that some private respondents in connivance with provincial authorities were demolishing the building, which is protected under the heritage law.

However, the deputy commissioner Karachi South in his report had also supported the contention of petitioner, saying that original bricks from the building and doors have been removed and a room converted into gallery.

The court had constituted the committee under supervision of secretary culture and heritage department in order to inspect building and propose ways and means to restore building and to save to from further dilapidation.

The court expressing displeasure over the noncompliance of its orders by the authorities concerned had ordered secretary culture and heritage to appear in person before it and sought report. During proceeding, additional advocate general made excuse for failure of secretary to appear in a court. Therefore it once again directed secretary to appear in court and explain why the court’s orders were not complied with.